A kidnapped Texas teen was rescued outside a California laundromat after a bystander noticed a piece of paper that read, “Help Me,” written in red ink.
The 13-year-old girl was already listed as a runaway by San Antonio authorities before she was allegedly snatched by Steven Robert Sablan, according to the United States Attorney’s Office. The victim encountered Sablan while at a bus stop when he brandished what appeared to be a handgun and ordered her to get inside his sedan.
“If you don’t get in the car with me, I am going to hurt you,” the suspect allegedly said.
Once inside the vehicle, the suspect asked her how old she was, and she told him that she was 13 years old. She later mentioned she had a friend in Australia, and Sablan allegedly said he would take her to a cruise ship. However, he told her she would have to do something for him first and then…