Workers spotted the car in a field and locked it up.
Two Louisiana sewage workers are hailed as heroes for rescuing a 10-year-old girl who was abducted from a family member’s home.
The girl, Jalisa Lasalle, disappeared from a family member’s new Iberian home on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m., writes the New Iberian Police Department. Investigators initially believed he was “in imminent danger” and in the middle of the night issued an Amber Alert warning detailing the 2012 gray Nissan Altima that Jalisa had last seen boarding.
Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine, workers at Pelican Waste and Debris, knew something was wrong when they spotted a silver sedan in the middle of a field on their pick-up trip on Sunday morning, about 20 miles away in St. Martin Parish.
– Something told me … I told you, what was this car doing in the field? Merrick said in a video posted on Facebook Live.
The garbage truck was then prevented from escaping and the police were called, Merrick said.
“I locked the truck, [making] he sure can’t come out, ”he said.
After a responding officer praised the men for their actions, Merrick began to tear.
“She’s safe now,” Merrick said, adding that he had a little girl of his own.
Roddie Matherne, CEO of Pelican, praised the actions of his employees in a statement to ABC News.
“We can’t be more proud of Dion and Brandon,” Matherne said in an email. “In fact, our Pelican Waste team works heroically, without failure during the epidemic, quietly, professionally and consistently serving the communities where we collect garbage and debris. They often react differently along the way. It was exceptional. Something that could have saved a little girl very well. [life].
The video shows suspect Michael Sereal, 33, being led by police in front of the silver sedan. At some point you may hear him shout, “Why are you doing this to me?”
According to records from the online prison, Sereal, New Iberia, is being held without a bond in the Iberian parish prison on charges of serious child abduction and failure to register as a sex offender. The juvenile is listed in the database of new Iberian sex offenders because of his convictions about his physical knowledge.
It is unclear whether Sereal retained a lawyer. The investigation is ongoing.