Nine-year-old Larry Larimore was armed with a pellet gun and quick wit early Christmas morning when his actions prevented a carjacking (see video below).
According to police in Kokomo, Ind., the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Ollie Dunn, tried to steal a red 2009 Dodge Ram pickup truck that was parked at a convenience store at around 1 a.m. on Christmas Day. In an unlucky turn of events, Larry was inside the vehicle, The Indy Channel reports.
“As soon as he opened the door, I got scared,” Larry told WTHR.
Larry’s father, Kevin Cooksey, had stopped at the store to get ibuprofen for his wife and left the engine running to keep Larry warm.
“When I saw my truck door open, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, what am I going to tell my wife?’” Cooksey explained. “I was thinking, I hope my son knew what to do in that situation.” Apparently, he did.
“I pulled out the pellet gun and pointed it to [the carjacker’s] head,” Larry explained, indicating to the news station why the suspect fled from the vehicle.
Dunn allegedly proceeded to jump into a second vehicle, this one a green Chevy Trailblazer that had been parked nearby and also left with its engine running.
“I didn’t know what to think, I just kind of ran outside and watched him,” Kyle Sparling, owner of the Trailblazer, told WTHR.
Cooksey then displayed the same quick wit as his son, however, reacting by telling Sparling to get into his own truck while the trio gave chase and called the police.
The local police dispatch was notified of the robbery and informed that a 9-year-old boy with a pellet gun scared the suspect out of one vehicle. Officers took up the chase, nabbing Dunn when he was involved in a minor vehicle accident.
Dunn was arrested and charged with attempted auto theft, unlawful entry of a vehicle, vehicle theft, theft and as an operator never licensed.
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