It happened in seconds, a local child gets kidnapped. Friday, he shares his story of what happened and how he got out.
Earlier in the week, Owensboro police identified a man accused of stealing a car with a child inside from a convenience store.
"Anytime we go I'm like within feet of them but you hear about these stories and you never think it would happen here or to your own child and so it was quite scary when I got the phone call from my sister," Amanda Trogen says.
That phone call, a gut wrenching moment, learning her 7-year-old son Cyler was kidnaped.
"I may not have been able to see him again," Amanda says.
Amanda says Cyler and his grandma always go to the gas station to get treats and a drink, but Cyler stayed in the car because he wanted his grandma to surprise him.
That's when police say 19-year-old Jordan Terry stole the grandma's car with Cyler still inside.
But Cyler put up a fight.
"The only thing I told him was no," Cyler says.
"He said that (Terry) came up to the car and told him to get out of the car and he said no," Amanda says. "He said he was unsure what he would do to him so he wanted to stay in the car and he said the guy laughed and walked away and then came back and got in the car and drove off with him."
A moment Cyler said was the scariest, not knowing if he'd ever get out of the car.
"The only thing that made me scared was because he started pulling out of the driveway I started getting scared," Cyler says.
Owensboro police say Terry went about a block before he let Cyler out of the car unharmed, and that's when Cyler says he ran.
"I started thinking he was going to steal me," Cyler says.
"For him to know his whereabouts and where he was and to get out when he could is just everything," Amanda says. "I couldn't ask for more of a 7-year-old."
Amanda says she actually feels sorry for Terry, and if she came face-to-face with him, she would thank him.
"I would actually thank him for letting Cyler out," Amanda says.
A warrant has been issued for Terry's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact Owensboro police.
(This story was originally published on April 13, 2018)
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