It was a very professional looking robbery. Two men, covered in head to toe with discreet disguises entered the Silver Spring, Maryland Gamestop store and immediately drew guns and began controlling the clerks and few customers. [Scroll Down For Video]
“The two suspects knew exactly what they wanted to do, and aggressively took over the store,” says Officer Rick Goodale, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County police.
When the two suspects got to a seven year old patron, they got a little more than they bargained for. The boy delivered a flurry of punches against the suspect. Obviously, the older, stronger robbers were able to overpower the boy, but there is no question about his bravery.
“He pointed the gun and said get on the floor, then he pushed us on the floor,” the boy’s father, who wished to remain anonymous, told local news. “He’s a brave little boy, and he recognized he was in a dangerous situation. And there was a stranger and he was trying to defend himself.”
“He threatened their lives and was pointing the gun at them, so it was a violent crime, no question about it,” the father said. “They were on top of us really before we knew what was happening.”
“Video games can be very expensive. [GameStops] do deal with cash, so there’s a lot of opportunity,” Goodale said.
“As always, our top priority is the safety and protection of our customers. We are working closely with local law-enforcement as they conduct an investigation,” wrote Jackie Smith, a GameStop spokeswoman who commented on the incident.
The suspects escaped with an unknown amount of cash and one of the clerk’s cell phones.
The suspects are described as black males in their twenties, medium height and build.
“We don’t want something like this to strike fear into him for a good portion of his life,” the father says. “The best thing we can say to our son in this instance is that the bad guys have been found, and they are in jail.”
Montgomery County Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call department’s Robbery Section at 240-773-5070. Callers that want to remain anonymous can contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Police say Crime Solvers will pay a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this robbery.