Police chase an 8-year-old Alabama boy after he allegedly robs a man during a high-speed chase

Police in Montgomery, Alabama, have caught an 8-year-old boy who they say stole from a man with a gun and then led them on a high-speed chase.

The North Carolina Beat got a picture from Facebook this morning of a woman saying that the man who was robbed was her father. Ebony Shackleford wrote in a now-deleted post, “Why an 11yr old just rob my daddy with a 9mm gun by Beauty and Beyond on Fairview getting out his SUV. Don took the car and crashed.”  Officials later found out that the child was only 8 years old.

Montgomery Police said in an email that they were called to West Fairview Avenue and South Court Street around 11 a.m. Tuesday for a report of a car theft. Major Saba Coleman said that soon after police got to the scene, they tried to stop the car that was said to have been stolen. But the 8-year-old driver wouldn’t stop, so a chase started. After that, the 8-year-old hit another car.

Major Coleman said that the 8-year-old was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, trying to get away, and being a person who shouldn’t have a gun. He was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Facility for Young People.

The gun was found at the scene, and the police say the child was armed.

“Snake” Knapp, a person who saw what happened, told local reporters that he followed the 8-year-old, realized it was a child driving, and called the police. Snake said that he had to call the cops because he didn’t want this little boy to hurt anyone.

I  didn’t want him driving all over Montgomery, causing more accidents or hurting himself or hurting other people, he said.

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Sean O
Sean O

Sean thinks the world of Montgomery County, Maryland. She grew up in the area starting from Silver Spring and has been involved in various organizations around the County. With the transformation of downtown Silver Spring, She pioneered interest in online content specific to the area. Sean graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a focus in Economics and Geographic Information Science.

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