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Local Teens Protect Kids From Kidnapping

A would-be-kidnapper claiming to be President Obama had a change of plans on Saturday after a group of teens rushed to the aid of a scared mother and two young children.

Sharaya Smith, 28, was playing with her 4-year-old daughter and 3-year-old nephew at Lake Lisa Park in New Port Richey, FL, when a man came out of the bushes and started approaching them. Smith claims the attacker, later identified by authorities as Bienvenido Cintron, 34, started yelling that he was the "commander-in-chief" and "was here to rid the world of drug dealers, prostitutes and trash," said Smith, who works in the medical field.

As the only adult in the park at the time, Smith says she began frantically shouting for help as Cintron tried to grab her and the children. She ran toward her car and unsuccessfully tried to get away. "Before I could lock it, [Cintron] opened up the car and reached in," Smith said. That's when the teenagers rushed over and circled around her.

"One of them had their hand on me and one was by [my daughter] and one was by [my nephew]," she said. "And they made sure that he didn't touch the kids. And they didn't leave."

Smith was able to safely enter her car and drive away as the teens allegedly physically detained Cintron. In an ironic twist, authorities were called to the scene by Cintron, who claimed that he was attacked by a group of kids. He was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted burglary, and held on $150,000 bond.

"I don't know what would've happened if they didn't come," Smith said of the unlikely heroes.

As Smith recovers from the incident, she said she has advice for other moms out there: "Just keep your kids in arm's reach. Don't get too comfortable, even if you're at a park, because that doesn't mean you're safe," she said.

Photo via Bay News 9

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