7-Year-Old Punches Armed Robbers Twice as Store Is Burglarized: 'His Instincts Just Took Over'
A 7-year-old Maryland boy came fist-to-face with an armed robber when a store was invaded, and his protective instincts took over.
According to the police department, it was only minutes before closing, and there does not appear to be any other customers in the store.
The first grader's parents were already corralled on the other side of the store, when suddenly, the footage shows the boy pop up behind the robbers, and swing two left hooks before being pulled away.
"Thankfully, nobody was hurt," Officer Rick Goodale from the Montgomery Police Department told InsideEdition.com. "If the bad guys were feeling threatened, even by a 7-year-old, it very easily could have turned out a lot worse."
According to the boy's parents, the family was having dinner at a restaurant nearby after the boy's soccer practice. The boy spotted a Yoshi doll inside the Gamestop in Silver Spring, and asked to stop inside.
When the family entered the store, they separated from each other.
"We were on the other side of the store, checking out some of the merchandise," the father, who asked to remain anonymous, told InsideEdition.com. "He was looking at the end with the plush toys, and he picked one of them up and was holding it in his hands when the armed robbers came in."
Within moments, he said he saw his son slip the second robber two punches, all while carrying the doll.
"I think he was scared," he told InsideEdition.com."Like any young child, he probably at first didn't understand what was happening but he recognized that he was in a dangerous situation and they represented a threat to him and his instincts just took over."
Although Officer Goodale said the police department normally recommends adults comply with an armed robber's demands, "he's 7, he doesn't maybe comprehend what's going on and doesn't understand the seriousness of the situation."
"As he grows older, he'll learn," the father said, "but what he did was natural, and he acted to defend himself, and that's good instinct for someone to have in general. We're proud of him for that."
Following the incident, the store manager offered the boy the Yoshi doll for free, which he continues to carry around since the incident last week.
"He's taking care of it," his father said. "He feels it's something that was there with him in that moment, and sort of a lucky charm."
According to the Montgomery Police Department, the suspects have not yet been identified.