Last week, two armed criminals tried to rob a GameStop in Silver Spring, Maryland. However, a young boy with a stuffed toy was having none of that: in surveillance video from the robbery, the lad can be seen confronting the crooks.
As the Washington Post reports, a man, who has asked not to be identified, his wife, and his young son were at GameStop shopping for this and that. The young boy, in search of a stuffed Yoshi toy, separated from his parents, who were looking for a gift for a friend’s birthday.
Will the real Yarn Yoshi please stand up. pic.twitter.com/XBOezOJUZw
— Amiibo UCG (@AmiiboUCG) May 26, 2016
At around 9:00 p.m., two armed robbers stormed into the store and ordered the man and his wife to the floor. The man began screaming for his son.
“I need my son!”
The son, whose age and identity have not been released, was having none of it.
In the video, which you can see below, the young boy can be clearly seen delivering some “extra-judicial” punishment to the robbers, all while clinging to the stuffed Yoshi.
“He punched him. Two left hooks while holding the Yoshi doll.”
Unfortunately, the boy’s furious assault didn’t deter the robbers. Fortunately, the robber didn’t harm the boy, and instead pulled him to his parents and ordered him to the floor. His dad covered the young lad with his arms and body.
The robbers stole cash from the store’s cash register and fled, all within a matter of a few moments. Fortunately, no one was injured.
The dad says that being together as a family during the terrifying moment helped them get through it.
“I’m just grateful we were together, as a family, at that moment. It was a terrifying situation. You just want to grab them and hold them tight to you, and you want it to end, quickly.”
The dad also wanted to use the moment to make sure his son understands that there are bad people in the world, and that guns are real.
“We’re proud that he is a strong, brave young boy.”
Dad says his son believes that the Yoshi doll keeps him and his family protected. Meanwhile, he wants the robbers put away so his son can understand that those men won’t do anything like that ever again.
As of this writing, the robbers have not been apprehended. They are described as black men in their 20s, both about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 170 pounds. They were wearing black hooded sweatshirts, black pants, gloves, and masks.
The young Maryland boy with his Yoshi doll is not the first child to confront an armed robber. In June, 2015, according to CBC News, armed robbers invaded a Vancouver-area home, pointed a gun at a 7-year-old girl, and struck her grandfather twice with the gun. According to the girl’s father, she was not pleased.
“My daughter got mad. She yelled ‘Stop it. Don’t do that.’ “
The robbers made off with the girl’s piggy bank and some jewelry. Fortunately, no one was injured.
An in a 2015 Michigan case, according to this Inquisitr report, a man forced his way into a Lapeer County home, thinking no one was there. Unfortunately for the crook, an 11-year-old girl was there, and she knew how to use a shotgun.
The girl took her gun and hid in a bathroom. When the crook forced open the door, he was confronted with the business end of a shotgun, held firmly in the hands of the young girl. He fled, but he and an accomplice were later apprehended.
Nevertheless, it’s not a good idea to confront armed robbers, according to police. Most robberies are over quickly, and the robbers are more interested in your money and your valuables than your life.
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