Fearless Boy, 7, Punches Armed Robber With Stuffed Toy During Game Store Burglary
Incredible surveillance footage captures the moment a seven-year-old boy tackled an armed robber with a fluffy toy during a robbery.
Two masked men in hoodies stormed GameStop, a video game store, in Silver Spring, Maryland at 9pm last Friday.
But before they made it to the cashier, one came face-to-face with a child customer.
The suspect tries to grab the boy – but the boy punches him twice in the stomach.
Unfortunately the child’s efforts were not enough.
The men pushed him and his mother against a wall then ordered staff at gunpoint to hand over cash and their belongings.
They ran out the front of the store, which is just north of Washington D.C., and escaped in a car.
However, police praised the efforts of the boy, who used a toy in his valiant act of self-defense.
The boy’s mother, who did not want to identify herself or her son, told NBC: ‘Well, he’s tough. He’s tough and, you know, I think instincts come out in situations like that.’
His father said: ‘It was scary. You’re never prepared for something like that. You’re not. So, you don’t wish it on your worst enemy.
‘When it’s a young child, it’s especially upsetting and infuriating for us because there’s some innoncence that’s lost there and there’s some fear introduced into his life that, of course, he doesn’t deserve.’
Police ask anyone with information relating to the incident to call the police robbery department on 240 773 5070 with tips.
To tip anonymously, people are asked to call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free on 866 411 8477.
The suspects are described as two men in their 20s, both around 170 pounds and about 5’6″ tall.
Investigators did not release an estimate of the value of stolen goods.
It is not the first time a Maryland GameStop has been the target of a heist.