WATCH: Young boy (7) fights armed robbers with stuffed toy
A 7-year-old boy is being praised for bravely fighting back when a masked gunman tried to grab him.
The boy was picking out a toy in a GameStop store when two armed robbers entered.
His parents were in another part of the store and were ordered onto the floor behind the cash desk when one of the gunmen tried to grab him.
Surveillance footage shows the youngster swing at one of the gunmen, holding a Yoshi toy in his hand, before being dragged behind the desk with his parents.
“He punched him,” his father told The Washington Post.
“Two left hooks while holding the Yoshi doll.”
His parents were unaware that their son had tried to tackle the robber until after the incident which saw the suspects leave unidentified.
“Of course, we think our son is brave and a strong kid,” the man told Fox 5.
“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 boy and his parents had been returning from dinner in a Japanese restaurant when they decided to treat their son to a Yoshi toy, a character from the Super Mario games.
The manager of the store gave the boy the Yoshi toy for free for the bravery of his actions.
The incident occurred in Silver Spring, Washington on Friday. The boy and his parents are not named as the assailants are still at large.