Right Time, Right Place: Louisiana Sanitation Workers Save Kidnapped Child, Blocking Abductor From Escape

Not all heroes wear capes. On Monday, Louisiana sanitation workers Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine proved that. They knew something was amiss when they spotted a silver car in the middle of a field while they were working their trash pickup route. Luckily, they reacted quickly.

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The previous day, an Amber alert for a 10-year-old girl was issued. She was abducted from a family member’s home, last seen getting into a gray 2012 Nissan Altima. Just like the suspicious sedan the workers spotted in the field.

“Something told me … I said, what’s that car doing off in the field like that?” Merrick said.

The two sanitation workers not only spotted the girl and her abductor, they decided to intervene. Not only did the workers call the police, they successfully blocked the kidnapper from escaping by using their garbage truck.

Their heroic actions ended up likely saving a little girl’s life. The 10-year-old was abducted by suspect Michael Sereal, 33, an acquaintance of one of the girl’s family members. Sereal is listed on a sex offender database for a conviction of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. He is currently being held without bond, on charges of aggravated kidnapping of a child and failure to register as a sex offender.

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“I just thank God for letting me see and realize that car. They got the guy. The little girl was on the back seat safe. Thank God she was alive and everything.”

Dion merrick

Merrick is a father himself, and he is relieved that the little girl is safe. Merrick and Antoine’s employer, Pelican Waste & Debris, is praising the two for their valiant actions.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Dion and Brandon. This was an exceptional thing that may very well have saved that little girl’s (life).”

Roddie Matherne, CEO of Pelican Waste & Debris

The investigation is still on-going.


Written by Abigale Racine