A brave 5-year-old Indiana boy sprang into motion when a gaggle of armed males stormed into his residence — swatting at one suspect and tossing a toy at him, video exhibits.
Footage of the Sept. 30 residence invasion in South Bend exhibits 4 suspects in hoodies barging right into a residence after police mentioned they knocked on the door. A minimum of three of the lads had weapons, however that didn’t cease the son of Tamika Reid from attempting to guard his mother, she told WSBT.
The boy threw a toy at one suspect after which swatted on the man in the course of the break-in, video exhibits.
“I attempted throwing my automobile at him,” the courageous child recalled.
Reid mentioned she was busy ironing and attempting to get the day began when the lads broke in.
“You’ll hear me saying, ‘What’s that?!’ ” she advised the station.
Photographs had simply been fired, Reid mentioned, and the suspects have been contained in the household’s kitchen inside seconds, in accordance with the clip. However that didn’t scare off Reid’s son, David Johnson, who instantly stood up for his mom and sister, Reid mentioned.
“My entire factor was — my hero proper right here — he was regular attempting to hit the blokes,” Reid recalled. “My factor was, I have to get him out of the home earlier than they do one thing to my son.”
No accidents have been reported and nothing from the house was stolen, police mentioned. The suspects are nonetheless within the wind.
Division officers, in the meantime, praised the teen for his courageousness.
“Lots of people are saying this little boy is so courageous and he deserves a gold star, and that’s true, he was extraordinarily courageous on this scenario,” South Bend police spokeswoman Christine Karsten advised the station. “However no little boy, no one usually ought to must undergo one thing like this, so it’s actually essential we get those that are chargeable for this heinous crime off the streets.”
One of many boy’s neighbors, in the meantime, mentioned she was saddened upon seeing the scary footage.
“We have been shocked, we heard the gunshots, it was scary,” neighbor Olivia Cruz told WNDU. “I imply, our youngsters play exterior, however that’s the primary incident like that since I’ve been right here. Oh my God, it broke my coronary heart, he was attempting so onerous to guard his mother and get them out of there.”
The suspects in the end fled the house and fired extra photographs as they did, police mentioned. Anybody with details about the incident is requested to name South Bend police at (574) 235-9263.
“This video is extraordinarily disturbing,” police mentioned whereas posting the footage Friday. “You’ll be able to see just a little boy hitting one of many armed suspects as he tried to defend his residence. It’s our job now to defend him.”
A message looking for remark Monday from Karsten was not instantly returned.