January 1st, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Text rescues man from trunk

Christine Dobbyn

We're hearing from a man who is giving a pat on the back to technology. He was abducted at gunpoint and forced into his own trunk and that's when he let his thumbs do the talking.

A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping and a 16-year-old is also in custody. It was a text message that led deputies to both of them. It also may have saved the victim's life.

Thi Yuan Yen was leaving his apartment in Stafford on Christmas Day when the terrifying road trip began.

"I tried to find my GPS then suddenly the man opened my door," said Thi.

As Thi got into his car, he was forced to go for a ride he hadn't planned on taking.

"At the beginning, he used the gun and pointed it to my back," said Thi.

As he drove, the suspect who Fort Bend County deputies now identify as Jeremy Banguero, 17, suddenly told Thi to stop.

"He asked me to get out of the car and get into the trunk with the gun," said Thi.


Filed under: Crime • Technology
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  1. Ruth

    It's just another example of being prepared and having a cell phone charged and with you at all times!!!

    January 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm |

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