Girl, 16, rescued from 'kidnapper' after driver notices SOS gesture from TikTok
A teenage girl allegedly kidnapped by a man in his 60s was rescued after following the guidelines she learned from TikTok about hand gestures.
The girl, who has not been named, was reported missing by her parents on Tuesday 2nd November.
A motorist who was unaware of her identity saw the girl inside a silver Toyota which had stopped at a set of lights.
The girl made a hand gesture she learned from TikTok which is an international sign for SOS.
Recognising the gesture as a discreet ‘I need help’ signal developed for victims of domestic abuse, the driver called 911.
The girl who is from North Carolina had been found in Kentucky, around 200 miles from her home, the county sheriff said.
She told detectives she had travelled with Brick from North Carolina through Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, where he had relatives.
Sheriff Root added: ‘When the male subject’s relatives realized that the female in his custody was underage and reported missing, the accused left Ohio travelling southbound and the female juvenile then began attempting to get motorists attention to call 911.’
Deputy Gilbert Acciardo told local media the girl had initially gone willingly with the suspect but ‘started fearing for her life'.
The man has been charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment as well as possessing images showing a ‘sexual performance by a minor over the age of 12 but under age 18’ on his phone.