"I hope that the parents are teaching their kids to be aware of their surroundings. That was the biggest thing," shared Susie Casino, the boy's mom.
A surveillance video has captured the moment a 13-year-old boy in Katy, Texas, got away from a black car that he suspected was following him throughout the day.
"Every stop that I made, like every place that I went at, the car was just there," Daniel Casino told "Good Morning America.
Daniel said he had been riding his bike with his friends before the incident, but left by himself to go home when he saw the driver of the black car was still following him.
"I saw the car wasn't parked in a spot, it was kinda like just sitting there. But the car was on but no one got out or no one went in," said Daniel.
Daniel was still quite far from his house at the time, so he made up his mind to ride his bike to his friend's home which was relatively closer. Once he got to the house, the home security video shows him jumping off his bike and running to the house. Unfortunately, it seemed like nobody was home so he ran to the back of the house to hide.
He then said that he had seen the car once again this time at a different friend's house, again just "sitting there."
In the video, the car was seen driving up to the Cul-de-sac where he was hiding and it stood there for quite some time but eventually drove off. Daniel's mother Susie Casino said that she is extremely thankful for her son's wise quicking thinking.
"The only reason that he came out of this whole situation successfully is that he was aware of his surroundings. He realized there was a car following him from step one, and then realized throughout the day," she said. "So I fully believe this actually saved Daniel from a horrible, life-changing situation."
Newly released surveillance video captured the moment a 13-year-old in Katy, Texas, got away from a black car that he suspected was following him. https://t.co/t0gorXOpKz— ABC News (@ABC) January 16, 2023
The family has filed a police report but nothing has come out of that yet. They don't know if the car has been located or if any information on the driver has not been gathered. "[We] just emailed everybody in our neighborhood to keep their eye open for the car. We shared the video and was just really shaken up, on high alert, just wanting to get the message out there," said Daniel's father Danny Casino.
The family shared a message to other parents to ensure their children are always aware of all the safety tips if ever stepping out alone.
"I hope that the parents are teaching their kids to be aware of their surroundings. That was the biggest thing. If he wasn't aware of his surroundings, then anything could have happened," said Susie Casino.
To the children in her community, she added, "If you know it, if you see it, if you feel it, act on it. Don't second guess yourself."
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