11-Year-Old Boy Drives 200 Miles To Meet Man He Met On Snapchat

Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds urged parents to talk to their children about how to protect themselves online.

Charleston, SC – An 11-year-old boy was safely reunited with his family on Monday, after he made a 200-mile trek alone to go live with a stranger he met on Snapchat.

The boy took his brother’s vehicle and traveled across the state by himself from his home in Simpsonville, the Charleston Police Department (CPD) said in a press release.

Charleston Police officer Christopher Braun was sitting in his patrol vehicle at approximately 12:30 a.m. when the 11-year-old boy pulled up alongside him to ask for directions.

The boy told the officer that he had just driven three hours to live with a man he didn’t know, but that he had interacted with on Snapchat.

The man provided the child with an address in Charleston, so the boy used his father’s Insignia tablet’s GPS feature to direct him to the home.

But the tablet lost the GPS signal during the journey, and the boy “was unable to recover it because Snapchat messages disappear or are deleted after they are read,” police said.

Officer Braun used contact information provided by the boy to reach the child’s father, who was in the process of reporting his son as missing with the Simpsonville Police Department.

The father and his older son subsequently drove to Charleston to pick up the 11-year-old and the vehicle he was driving.

Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds told WCIV that Officer Braun “was in the right place at the right time.”

“You have someone who’s chatting with an 11-year-old,” Simpsonville Police Investigator James Donnelly told WYFF. “We’re very cautious about wanting to make sure children are safe on the internet.”

Police are now analyzing the Insignia tablet to gather information about the incident.

In an interview with WHNS, East Coast Polytechnic Institute spokesperson Chris Grudzielanek urged parents and guardians to educate themselves about third-party monitoring applications so they can help protect their children from online threats.

“With Snapchat, they actually have a time-lapse video…so after six seconds they do delete, and from that there’s no trace,” Grudzielanek explained. “So, it’s hard to really see the history of what your children are doing online.”

Parents can also block specific websites using parental controls on their home networks, he added.

Comments (35)
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shooter
shooter

There are some sick f*cks out there, for sure.

But then, there is a whole political party along with those who embrace a specific social agenda that say it's OK for an adult to have sex with children.

Sick, sick, sick...

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DNW
DNW

Fortune smiled on this boy. God knows what would have happened to the kid otherwise. A good lesson learned.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Did I miss something or did they not do anything about the guy on Snapchat that encountered the Boy to drive down to see him. The man is possibly a Child Molester which then needs to be arrested so not to go after another Child.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Since the boy had an address, I hope they find this sick piece of garbage and put him under the jail!!! For the piece of sh▪t trolls who think all pedophiles or sexual abusers/deviants are only white, think again!! Pedophiles and sexual abusers can be any race, any age, any economic background!! Including black!!!!! http://www.rolereboot.org/culture-and-politics/details/2014-09-sexual-abuse-code-silence-black-community/ 18yo arrested for having sex with 13yo girl https://www.myarklamiss.com/news/crime-news/police-monroe-man-arrested-after-being-caught-having-sex-with-13-year-old-by-her-family/ Black drama teacher arrested for inappropriate behavior & solicitation of sodomy with student. https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/breaking-cobb-drama-teacher-arrested-accused-inappropriate-behavior-with-student/mde12Rju5eL981SRJLh6YM/ Ex-football player gets 12 years for molesting 12yo girl https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/georgia-high-school-football-star-gets-years-for-molesting-year-old-girl/MUQzXw6tL0VijQf6WHbzBP/ Man convicted of molesting friends daughters https://www.ajc.com/news/local/gwinnett-man-convicted-molesting-daughters-friends-employee/ynILx042n7FwZl6Hdgp2UP/ Uncle indicted for murder of niece he impregnated https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/uncle-accused-in-pregnant-nieces-murder-ordered-to-remain-in-jail-on-no-bond/968582501

Branoli
Branoli

And why did the officer not detain him. He was 11 and driving a vehicle!!!! Do they really give 11 year old's a license to drive in South Carolina? I don't think this officer was very observant to not be able to tell this kid was so young or to even ask for identification, which he wouldn't have had.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I don't no how to respond to a sick act of this nature but I think lead poisoning would fix it asap

C911
C911

Thank God that Officer had stopped there.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

That is unbelievable!! Thank God that he stopped and asked a LEO for directions because he was going to a very bad man's house 🙏🙏🙏