Sanitation workers save abducted 10-year-old girl by blocking suspect’s car with garbage truck | Inquirer News

Sanitation workers save abducted 10-year-old girl by blocking suspect’s car with garbage truck

/ 06:39 PM February 16, 2021
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Two sanitation workers in the United States helped in the rescue of a 10-year-old girl after she was reported to have been kidnapped.

Police in Louisiana sent out an Amber alert last Feb. 7 after getting a tip that the girl was seen getting into the car of a registered sex offender. The alert included descriptions of the victim, suspect and the vehicle. Police identified the suspect as Michael Sereal.


The following day, while out on their route, sanitation workers Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine saw a silver car in a field.

“I didn’t second guess it, I said ‘for the car to be parked in this location, and it matches the description on the Amber Alert something’s not right,'” Merrick told NBC Bay Area on Feb. 9.


They blocked the suspect’s car from leaving until police officers arrived and called 911.

“When they grabbed the little girl out of the car, when the cop took the little girl out of the car, I am not exactly sure what she said, but it sounded like she said ‘I thank y’all’ and from there I just started crying,” Antoine recalled.

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Sanitation workers Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine with the rescued child (Image: Pelican Waste and Debris)

For their heroic act, their employers Pelican Waste and Debris set up a fundraiser for them. It has collected over $14,500 as of this writing.

St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office recognized their actions last Feb. 11 with a Citizens Award for Bravery and Diligence. Niña V. Guno /ra


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