A 10-year-old girl confronted a man who tried to steal her mom’s purse from their car and stopped him in his tracks.
Genesis Ramos was headed to school with her mother and older sister on Monday morning when they stopped at a 7-Eleven in Santa Ana, California.
The two girls remained in the car, as their mother went in the store to get cash. At this moment, Genesis says that a man opened the front door and took her mother’s wallet from their car’s center console. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A 10-year-old girl confronted a man (pictured) who tried to steal her mom’s wallet from their car in Santa Ana, California.
The 10-year-old, however, wouldn’t let the man make off with her mother’s purse and refused to let him close the door, asking that he give the wallet back. Speaking to KABC, she explained:
He kept on trying to close it, but I kept on trying to open it, so he gave up.
I just didn’t think that it was right that he could take it, so I wanted to get it back.
The girl reportedly screamed for someone to call the police and the thief eventually let go of the purse and sped off. The child then ran into the store to tell her mother what had just happened.
2. Grace Ramos (pictured), the girl’s mother, said she couldn’t believe Genesis was so brave.
Genesis told CBS Los Angeles:
She said she loved me but that she was scared. She said I was brave but she said next time to not do that to just let him go because my life is worth more than her wallet.
Grace Ramos, the girl’s mother, said she couldn’t believe Genesis was so brave. She told CBS:
At that moment, I asked her, “Are you OK? Are you OK? I’m so sorry.” And I was, you know, shaking. She was shaking.
But I didn’t know what happened until she started talking to the officer. That’s when I heard the story and that’s when I realized what happened.
3. A 10-year-old California girl thwarts a man’s plan to steal her mom’s wallet — an ABC News report.
Incredibly, Genesis had the presence of mind to pull out her phone and take a picture of the suspect’s car and license plate, as he was speeding off.
Security video from inside the 7-Eleven captured the suspect and shows him wearing a blue shirt.
Police are still investigating the incident and are working to track the suspect down.
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