Compliance is usually the best strategy for surviving an armed robbery. Material possessions aren’t worth the loss of human life, and you’re unlikely to draw and fire if you’re already looking down the barrel of a loaded gun.
But try telling that to this 7-year-old from Maryland, who managed to land at least one punch on a man attempting to rob a GameStop in Montgomery County.
Video surveillance shows two men in black hoods enter the store and point a gun at the store clerks and customers. The thieves force the adults to the ground, but not before attempting to grab the 7-year-old, who immediately begins to fight back.
The boy’s father told Fox 5 DC that he believes his son’s “natural instinct” kicked in and he was trying to defend himself.
“We didn’t completely understand why,” he said. “Of course, we think our son is brave and a strong kid. But we didn’t exactly know why and when we saw the tape, we saw why. Because he saw somebody who was a stranger, who seemed most dangerous to him and he tried to defend himself. I think it was his natural instinct taking over there.”
The thieves ultimately overpowered the youngster and forced him and his parents along the back wall behind the register.
Despite the boy’s left hook, the men were able to take cash and personal belongings before leaving the store. No one was injured, and police are still searching for the suspects, who are both described as black men in their 20s, approximately 5′6″ tall and weighing 170 pounds. They were wearing black hooded sweatshirts, black pants, gloves and masks.