Dashcam Shows Deputy Rescuing Alleged Kidnapping Victim

New video shows tearful rescue by officers

By Scott Gordon and Greg Janda
|  Saturday, Sep 14, 2013  |  Updated 11:50 AM EDT
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A woman who whispered

A woman who whispered "Help me" to two teens in a passing car is rescued by a deputy from the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department after she was allgedly abducted and forced into her car.

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Dashcam Video Shows Abducted Woman Rescued

New police dashcam video shows the moments when Kaufman County deputies and Kaufman police rescued a woman from her alleged kidnapper.

Two Teens Help Rescue Abducted Woman

Police rescued an abducted woman after two teenagers called 911. Aaron Arias, 19, left, and Jamal Harris saw her mouthing "help me" from the backseat of a car.
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New video from the dashcam of a Kaufman County Sheriff's Department vehicle shows the tearful rescue of a young woman who was saved from her accused abductor after two teens called 911.

The woman said she was kidnapped and forced into her car by a gunman in Downtown Dallas, but managed to get the attention of two teenagers in a nearby car by mouthing the words, "Help me."

The teens called police and officers rescued the woman within minutes. (Watch an edited segment of the video above.)

In the newly released video, officers are seen pulling over the car and approaching the driver, asking to see his hands. As officers open the door to arrest the driver, an officer's microphone picks up the crying of a young woman being held in the backseat.

A second officer opens the door for the woman, who leaves the vehicle and embraces her rescuer while visibly upset.

The woman, 25, was kidnapped on Aug. 22 near Bryan Street after she left a downtown office building.

Two young men, Aaron Arias, a 19-year-old college student, and Jamal Harris, 17, a Seagoville high school student, noticed the woman in the back seat of a car at a stoplight in Seagoville and called 911.

"It's me and another guy, so we're checking out the girl in the backseat because, we're like, 'OK, she's kind of attractive,'" Arias said. "And then, all of the sudden, you know, the guy is turned back, looking at us."

The woman looked panicked and was "saying, 'Help me,' or something, whispering it," Arias told the 911 operator.

The teens followed the woman's car down U.S. Highway 175 until police caught up with them in Kaufman.

The suspect, Charles Atkins Lewis Jr., remains in jail on $50,000 bond. He is charged with aggravated kidnapping.

The woman was checked by paramedics but was unhurt.

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