A man who tried to steal a pickup truck in Kokomo, Indiana, was thwarted by a 9-year-old boy inside the vehicle who was armed with a pellet gun on Christmas Day, authorities said.
Kokomo police responded to a report of an attempted theft of a red 2009 Dodge Ram at One Stop, 615 N. Washington St., shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, Indianapolis television station WRTV reported.
Dispatch told the officers that the suspect was confronted by a 9-year-old who had a pellet gun that was inside the truck; the pickup belong to his father, according to television station WTHR, also in Indianapolis.
“As soon as he opened the door, I got scared,” Larry Larimore told WTHR. “So I pulled out the pellet gun and pointed it to his head.”
The suspect then took a green Chevy Trailblazer that was parked nearby.
Officers followed the Trailblazer until it was involved in a minor vehicle accident near Rainbow and Lafountain Streets.
Police say Ollie L. Dunn, 32, of Lafayette, was arrested for attempted auto theft, unlawful entry of a vehicle, vehicle theft, theft and operator never licensed.