Texas Guy Enters A Guilty Plea To Kidnapping A Teenager Whose “Help Me” Sign Helped Rescue Her From California

A 13-year-old girl was saved in California when a vigilant bystander noticed her holding up a “Help Me!” sign in a parked car. A Texas man entered a guilty plea to the abduction charge.

Texas Guy Enters A Guilty Plea To Kidnapping A Teenager Whose

The Central District of California U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Steven Robert Sablan, 62, of Cleburne, Texas, entered a guilty plea.

The 62-year-old acknowledged that he had abducted the 13-year-old girl and then sexually abused her.

After robbing the teenage girl in San Antonio on July 6, 2023, Sablan took her to California.

The young girl went for a walk in the Texas metropolis when her nightmare started.

According to reports, Sablan walked up to the victim and told her to get inside his vehicle while brandishing a black revolver at his side.

The teenager reportedly heard Sablan threaten to injure him if he didn’t get in the car with him, so he obeyed and got inside his vehicle.

According to court records, the now-62-year-old started driving and told the child he could take her to see her buddy in Australia on a cruise ship.

The teenager claimed that Sablan told her that she “had to do something for him first.”

The adult then allegedly raped her while driving from Texas to California, assaulting her sexually.

In Long Beach, California, on July 9, Sablan parked his car and left the victim inside the car while he went inside a laundromat to wash their clothes.

Officials claim that the teenage victim scrawled “help me” on a scrap of paper to attract attention from her assailant while he was distracted.

When the Long Beach Police Department came, they discovered Sablan outside the car after a witness reported seeing the child. The teenager allegedly mouthed “help” to authorities from within.

Officers found a black BB gun, a “Help me” sign, and two handcuffs when searching the car.

Sablan was taken into custody, and on October 25 he will be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 20 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum of life in jail.

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