Journee Nelson, a nine-year-old Florida girl, punched a burglar attempting to steal her mom’s handbag outside a supermarket, and then chased him! Fox News reports that the pair were finishing up a bit of grocery shopping when the incident occurred, which was caught entirely on video.
That’s One Brave Nine-Year-Old
Both Journee and Mum were on ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ this past Sunday, November 28th, 2021, and relayed how this burglar beating unfolded.
Journee said that she eyed the suspicious man as soon as they walked out of the supermarket. After she turned away to open the car door, “I saw him running towards my mum.”
West Palm Beach Police say that Journee’s mum was loading up the groceries when the man rushed her. The perpetrator yelled for her to “let go of the handbag or you’re going to make me pop you,” while reaching for what could have been a gun.
But Journee wasn’t going to have any of that. She charged forward, punched the man in the head repeatedly, kicked him in the face, and when he ran, she chased him four houses down!
Journee Honored By Police
Chief Adderley, of the West Palm Beach Police, honored the nine-year-old for her “bravery as she ran to her mother’s defence to fend off a brazen robber,” said the department’s Twitter post.
Chief Adderley honored a 9-year old child today for bravery as she ran to her mother’s defence to fend off a brazen robber. An #arrest was swiftly made in this case.
The West Palm Beach Police Foundation presented the child with a token of appreciation. pic.twitter.com/r9tz8PoacW
— West Palm Beach Police Department (@WestPalmPD) November 18, 2021
Adderley gave Journee a medal and a certificate for her bravery. However, he did point out that engaging with such an individual in this way isn’t the best course of action.
“I bet he was shocked when she kicked him right in the face,” Adderley said. “Because you definitely could tell on the video that he was not expecting that.”
He most certainly wasn’t!
Do you think that this nine-year-old girl’s actions were brave? Could this situation have gone another way? Let us know in the comments below.