09/05/2013 03:53 pm ET Updated Sep 06, 2013

Aaron Arias, Jamal Harris Save Woman Kidnapped By Charles Atkins Lewis (911 CALL)

Texas officials have released the jarring 911 call made by two teens who spotted a kidnapped woman mouth "help me" from the backseat of a car.

Aaron Arias, 19, and Jamal Harris, 17, were driving in Seagoville, Texas on Aug. 22 when they noticed a woman in the silver Lexus ahead of them.

"We're checking out the girl in the backseat because, we're like, 'OK, she's kind of attractive,'" Arias told NBC DFW. "And then, all of the sudden, you know, the guy is turned back, looking at us."

The teens then realized the woman was mouthing "help me." Arias and Harris called 911 and continued to tail the car.

Officers pulled over the vehicle and arrested the driver, Charles Atkins Lewis Jr. Police say the 37-year-old forced the victim, whose name has not been released, into her car at gunpoint in downtown Dallas, according to KTYX. He drove the car for miles before the two teens caught sight of her. According to police, Lewis and the victim did not know each other.

Arias told NBC 5 that he and Harris met the woman after she was rescued, and said when she hugged them, "I would describe it as the best hug I have ever gotten."

Lewis is charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery.



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