Two humble teens hailed as heroes for catching toddler kidnapper – but the story has a twist

A bizarre twist has happened in the investigation of an attempted kidnapping on Sunday that was caught on video.

Two teens were hailed as heroes for rescuing 22-month-old Owen Wright from someone they thought at the time was a stranger – only he wasn’t.

The person who was seen on dramatic video footage snatching and then running away with the little boy was a 15-year-old classmate of the brave teens.

Andrew Crain, 15, and his friend Isaac Yow, 16, described the suspect at the time as a 30-year-old man with a mustache and glasses.

As it turned out, the mustache was a fake and thanks to a thorough investigation by local authorities the boy has been arrested and is awaiting formal charges.

The town of Sprague, Washington where the attempted abduction took place is breathing a collective sigh of relief.

The boys who were hailed as heroes have mixed emotions.

“I’m feeling happy, I’m feeling angry at the same time. I do know the person,” Crain said.

“I don’t know him very much, he’s very hard to predict, he’s unpredictable.”

The unidentified 15-year-old was arrested one year ago for luring a boy away from his home. The incident was stopped by the little boy’s mother who saw her son being led away by hand. She then reported it to police.

Prosecutors at the time did not file charges in that case saying “it did not meet the elements of luring,” according to the Daily Mail.

The 15-year-old is reported to live with his parents, but doesn’t have much contact with his peers.

The town’s two humble heroes on the other hand, are getting a lot of attention but say they weren’t the only ones to help save Owen. They gave credit to the toddler’s older brother and sister who started yelling and first gave chase after the abductor.

“I think it’s only a slight chance that it was because of us. I think that the little girl [sister] played a very huge part in that,” Crane told local KXLY News.

“She played the biggest part because if she wouldn’t have been screaming we wouldn’t have known something was wrong,” Yow said.

The town of Sprague honored the boys and gathered with the mayor in a celebration Thursday night to give the boys the recognition the community feels they deserve.


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