A 9-year-old kid from Kokomo, Indiana was able to stop a man from stealing a pickup truck on Christmas Day. The suspect, Ollie L. Dunn, 32, allegedly had his eyes on a red 2009 Dodge Ram, parked at One Stop, a gas station. The 9-year-old boy inside that truck, Larry Larimore, wasn’t having it.
“I noticed that a guy was trying to get in the car. [...] As soon as he opened the door, I got scared,” he told NBC affiliate station WTHR. Larimore was sitting inside the truck while his dad purchased Ibuprofen at the gas station.
Larimore pointed the gun at the suspect’s head, which prompted Dunn to go for a different vehicle. Dunn allegedly stole a green Chevy Trailblazer, parked nearby, instead.
Kevin Cooksey, Larimore’s dad, watched the whole drama unfold from inside the gas station.
“When I see my truck door open, I was like, ‘Oh my God. What am I going to do? What am I going to tell my wife?””
According to WTHR, Larimore’s quick thinking was taken from a lesson that Cooksey taught him.
After Dunn sped off in the Trailblazer, Cooskey and the owner of the Trailblazer, Kyle Sparling, followed the suspect and helped police track him down.
“The owner of the Dodge Ram and of the Green Trailblazer followed the stolen vehicle and continued to give information to Kokomo Police regarding the direction of travel,” the Kokomo Police Department said in a statement.
Police were able to catch Dunn after he got into a minor car accident nearby. He was arrested on multiple charges, including auto theft and unlawful entry of a vehicle, RTV-6 reported. It is unclear if he has obtained an attorney at this time.
[Photo: YouTube, Howard County Sheriff's Office]