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9-year-old pulls out favorite toy, stops carjacking

For many young boys, a toy pellet gun is an introduction into the great big world of firearms. However, a 9-year-old became the talk of the town when he pulled out his toy pellet gun to stop a would-be car jacker.


Larry Larimore and his dad, Kevin Cooksey had stopped at a local One Stop Express in Kokomo, Indiana, late Christmas night to pick up some ibuprofen. Kevin had gone into the store to quickly pick up the medicine, while Larry stayed inside the truck with the engine running.

It was then that the stunning events took place.

Kevin saw the carjacker make his way to the vehicle and open the door.

“When I saw my truck door open, I was like, ‘oh my God, what am I going to tell my wife,’” he told WTHR, “I was thinking, I hope my son knew what to do in that situation.”

Kevin wouldn’t be disappointed. Larry knew exactly what to do.

“As soon as he opened the door, I got scared,” said Larry. “So I pulled out the pellet gun and pointed it to his head.”


That action alone was enough to scare the would-be carjacker, but the thug wasn’t through yet. He began to make his way to another vehicle close by.

Kyle Sparling had also stopped in the One Stop Express to pick up some Doritos, but kept his car running as well. It was his car that the carjacker targeted next. The thief jumped into Sparling’s Trailblazer and took off down the road.

“I didn’t know what to think, I just kind of ran outside and watched him,” said Sparling. For Cooksey, though, he knew he had to do something about it.

“I wanted to go catch the guy,” said Cooksey. “It’s just one of those instincts to help out somebody else.”

As WTHR reports, “Cooksey told Sparling to get in the truck with them. They called the police and chased the suspect down Washington Street.”

After a couple of miles, the thug crashed Sparling’s car.

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