Boy becomes hero after armed robbers invade Hazel Park home - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Boy becomes hero after armed robbers invade Hazel Park home

Posted: Updated:
Neighbor Richard Lavely called 911 for the nine-year-old hero. Neighbor Richard Lavely called 911 for the nine-year-old hero.
HAZEL PARK, Mich. (WJBK) -

Sunday around 9:15 p.m., two armed men forced their way into a house on the 1200 block of Muir in Hazel Park.  The homeowner and his girlfriend were held at gunpoint on the floor in the kitchen while the bad guys started to take what didn't belong to them.

"They made us lay on the floor, put a blanket over our heads," said Jerome Brown.

However, there was a secret weapon in the house, and it came in the form of a nine-year-old boy.

While one of the robbers was in a bedroom dismantling a Playstation, little did he know a nine-year-old boy was hiding the closet waiting for him to leave.  When he did, the boy jumped out the window and ran next door.

"He came over in a panic, and he needed 911.  I had to sort out from the panic all the stuff that he was trying to get done," said neighbor Richard Lavely.

But that nine-year-old got it done.  The neighbor called 911 and within minutes, the police were on the scene making two arrests.

"We're extremely proud of the young man... for being able to hold it together enough when his family's in a situation of this nature," said Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner.  "So a really nice job on his part."

"He ran to get help.  So that was good thinking on his part," Brown said.

The boy is doing fine, especially after Brown took him on a shopping spree.

"I went and bought him some stuff yesterday, reward him, bought him some games and stuff.  He was happy about that," Brown said.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:37:16 GMT
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
  • Man accused of calling taxi to move a body

    Man accused of calling taxi to move a body

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:20:50 GMT
    A mother is struggling with the fact that her 21-year-old daughter lost her battle with drug addiction, and then she learns the despicable lengths two people went to get rid of her child's body.
    A mother is struggling with the fact that her 21-year-old daughter lost her battle with drug addiction, and then she learns the despicable lengths two people went to get rid of her child's body.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices