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Two Heroic Louisiana Sanitation Workers Rescued a 10-Year-Old Girl Who Was Kidnapped

NEW IBERIA, LA. – Two heroic men working their trash route in New Iberia Parish, Louisiana helped save a 10-year-old girl from being kidnapped.

According to police, Jalisa Lasalle was reported missing from a family member’s home between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Later that day, Louisiana State Police issued an Amber Alert stating the girl was believed to have gotten into a gray 2012 Nissan Altima.

Early Monday morning, Pelican Waste & Debris workers Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine spotted a vehicle that fit the description in a field and sprang into action.

Michael Sereal, 33, was arrested for aggravated kidnapping and held without bond at the Iberia Parish Jail.

The men blocked the car’s exit and called police.

Police arrived and arrested 33-year-old Michael Sereal, a convicted sex offender. Sereal has been charged with aggravated kidnapping of a child and failure to register as a sex offender.

Jalisa is now safe because of the workers who decided not to look the other way.

Pelican CEO Roddie Matherne praised his employees in a statement to ABC News.

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