According to police, a 12-year-old Michigan boy committed an armed robbery at a Hartford gas station after firing a warning shot and allegedly recording a shocking surveillance video of the incident.
The incident took place Wednesday afternoon at a gas station in block 100 of East Main Street, WZZM reported. Surveillance video obtained by WOOD-TV shows the suspect, who police say is 12-year-old he pulls a gun from his backpack before pointing it at the clerk, identified as Jessica, and instructing her to “put the money in the bag.”
After asking if the suspect is “serious,” Jessica points the gun at the ceiling before firing a shot, after which the employee takes a bag of money from the safe, according to the video.
“Here, get out of here,” she says, putting the bag in his backpack, the footage shows. Police say the boy made off with thousands of dollars.
‘It was a child! It was just a little boy with a black bag! … He was just a little boy. He was probably, I don’t know, maybe 10? Ten or 11?” the clerk said in her 911 call, according to WOOD-TV. “He was so young. I didn’t know what – I thought he was (expletively) with me.
Hartford Police Department (HPD) received the call just before 4 p.m., according to WZZM, and the boy was detained “without incident” in the street shortly after officers responded.
Reports indicate that he was given his guardian’s weapon which was locked in some sort of safe or closet in his residence, but there are conflicts over how the child gained access to the locked weapon. WWMT reports that police said the child entered a code to get into a safe, but WOOD-TV, citing police, stated that he forced his way into a locked closet.
“The Hartford Middle School student faces six charges, including armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, firing a firearm into a building and three counts of felony firearms,” WWMT noted.
Lieutenant Mike Prince of the HPD said that while the child was at school earlier in the day, he reportedly talked to another student about which Hartford gas station was most vulnerable in terms of security, according to WZZM.
“Every day I see something new on this track. I’ve been a full-time police officer for 38 years,” Prince says. “What really baffled me is that he showed no emotion.”
“He told us he wasn’t in it for the money. He said he would have thrown the money down the sewer. He didn’t want to give us an explanation as to why he did it,” Prince said per WZZM.
He is being held in an Allegan County juvenile detention center and is due to appear in juvenile court on Thursday.