‘I had to save my mother’: Florida girl, 9, fights the robber by hitting him in the face after he attacked her mother and tried to steal her purse in the supermarket parking lot
- Journee Nelson was shopping with her mother in West Palm Beach, Florida when a thief attacked, knocked her mother to the ground and left with her purse
- The little girl came to action, threw herself at the villain and punched him in the face
- She was chasing him after he escaped when her mother tried to call her back
- Police honored Journee’s bravery during a special ceremony
- They arrested and charged a man in connection with the attack two days after the incident on November 2 took place
A nine-year-old girl who fought a robber by punching him in the face after tying her mother and trying to steal her purse is being honored for her bravery by Florida police, who say they are proud of her crime-fighting actions.
Journee Nelson and her mother, Danielle Mobley, were running errands in West Palm Beach on November 2 when they were attacked outside the Sabor Tropical Supermarket.
Surveillance footage shows a man jumping towards Mobley as the two return to their parked car.
Without hesitation, little Journee hurries his mother’s help and beats the thief while trying to steal the woman’s purse.
“I was fighting back,” the girl told 7 News Miami. “I had to save my mother.”
Journee Nelson is hailed as a hero after she attacked a robber who tried to steal her mother’s purse in the parking lot of a grocery store in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Chief Frank Adderley said during a news conference Thursday that while he would not recommend confronting criminals, the girl’s actions were understandable in the heat of the moment.
“I bet he was shocked when she hit him right in the face,” Adderly told reporters. ‘You could definitely see on the videotape that he had not expected it. Her actions were perfect timing in this particular situation.
“I think she hit him pretty hard.”
Danielle Mobley said she was proud of her daughter’s quick thinking, adding that the little girl who was being chased after the robber after he snatched her purse
Police rewarded Journee’s bravery during a special ceremony on Thursday
Demetrius Jackson, 29, was arrested and charged with robbery and violence
Police her heroic actions during the shameless daytime robbery with a certificate of bravery and Target gift card.
Her mother told reporters Journee stepped in to help shortly after the robber hit her to the ground.
‘I’m very proud of her, that [helping] was her first reaction, ‘said Mobley. ‘I wish things could be a little different because she’s still dealing with this mentally.’
She said Journee chased the man down the block as he got away with her purse.
“She actually jumped up and chased him four houses down the block while I chased her, calling her back,” her mother said.
It contained a cell phone, chewing gum, bank card, a Coach purse and $ 40, according to an arrest warrant obtained by Yahoo.
Police arrested and charged Demetrius Jackson, 29, with robbery and violence two days after the incident.
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