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The girl also said the words “help me” to passers-by

A 13-year-old girl kidnapped in Texas was rescued when a passerby saw her holding a “help me” sign in a California parking lot, police said.

According to Long Beach Police Departmenta 61-year-old man named Steven Robert Sabalan forced the teenager into his car in San Antonio, Texas on July 6. The man allegedly threatened her with a gun and took her across state lines – nearly 1,400 miles – to California, where she was found three days later.

“Good Samaritans were in a parking lot when they saw the victim in a parked vehicle holding up a piece of paper that had ‘help me’ written on it,” read a press release from the LBPD. “They acknowledged receipt of the note and immediately called 9-1-1.”

Police say the girl also spoke the words “help me” to passers-by while the man was inside a laundromat.

The 61-year-old Cleburne, Texas man was indicted Thursday in California and charged with one count of kidnapping and one count of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

“If you don’t get in the car with me, I’m going to hurt you,” Sablan told the victim, according to court documents.

According to a press release, the girl left home on July 6 without telling her parents as she intended to visit a friend who had moved to Australia a year earlier.

The Guardian reported that the victim was near a bus stop in San Antonio, Texas on July 6 when the suspect approached in a vehicle, pointed a gun at her and demanded she get in.

Police say the girl was sexually assaulted while being driven to California and they found a replica gun in the vehicle.

On July 9, they stopped at a laundromat in Long Beach, California.

Mr. Sablan told him to change clothes in the car, then took his clothes and entered. This gave the girl the opportunity to write “Help Me!” on a sheet of paper, New York Times reported.

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