One of the two teenage victims of a high-profile kidnap-rape case tearfully said Friday that she never thought such a thing could happen to her.
"Don't take things for granted," the 17-year-old told ABC7 Eyewitness News."And don't think that this ... cannot happen to you, because I didn't think, I didn't ever think, like I heard it a million times, I didn't ever think that something like that could happen to me."
The 17-year-old and a 16-year-old girl were rescued Thursday by Kern County sheriff's deputies who shot and killed the kidnapper after an extensive manhunt led to a remote desert region more than 100 miles north of Los Angeles.
"And just cherish everything you have because you don't know what you have until there's a gun in your face and it's almost all gone," the teenager said. "And thank you everyone for all your prayers. They helped us. They helped us. God was listening."