October 26, 2020

Dramatic moment brave boy, 5, throws TOYS at armed invaders as he defends mom during terrifying raid

Dramatic moment brave boy, 5, throws TOYS at armed invaders as he defends mom during terrifying raid

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy hurled toys at several men who broke into his home and had his mother at gunpoint.

David Johnson’s brave moment was caught in a video that the South Bend Department posted on Facebook on Friday in an effort to find the hooded suspects. 

Surveillance video shows Tamika Reid falling on her sofa as a suspect points a gun at her

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Surveillance video shows Tamika Reid falling on her sofa as a suspect points a gun at herCredit: South Bend Police Department

The video from the incident on September 30 shows Johnson playing and his mother, Tamika Reid, ironing in their home in South Bend, Indiana, when gunshots sound off and four men burst into the room. 

Reid stands up to see what happened but falls back on the sofa as the suspects—at least three of them armed—brand guns at her. 

As she holds her hands up and walks to another room with the men following her, Johnson throws a toy at one of the gunmen.

The struck gunman notices and shields himself from Johnson as the boy appears to attempt to grab the man’s arm and steer him away from Reid.

David Johnson, 5, threw his toy at one of the suspects who invaded his home

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David Johnson, 5, threw his toy at one of the suspects who invaded his homeCredit: WSBT
David Johnson, 5, appears to try to grab a suspect's arm after throwing a toy at him

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David Johnson, 5, appears to try to grab a suspect’s arm after throwing a toy at himCredit: South Bend Police Department

“I hit him and I tried to throw my car at him,” Johnson told WSBT

Reid told the TV station that she initially walked away from Johnson thinking, “I need to get [the gunmen] out of the house before they do something to my son.” 

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“I’m just, my whole thing was my hero right here,” she said Johnson. 

“He was trying to hit the guys.”

The four home invaders left without hurting anyone or taking anything

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The four home invaders left without hurting anyone or taking anythingCredit: WSBT

The home invaders left, hurting no one and taking nothing. 

But police are still seeking the suspects to bring justice to the family. 

“I think what’s really hard to watch is seeing a little boy in the video trying to defend his home trying to defend his family. I know people on social media have been calling him brave,” South Bend police spokeswoman Christine Karsten said.

South Bend police are seeking the suspects and stated, 'our job now to defend' the five-year-old boy

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South Bend police are seeking the suspects and stated, ‘our job now to defend’ the five-year-old boyCredit: South Bend Police Department

“But no little boy, nobody in general should have to go through something like this, so it’s really important we get those who are responsible for this heinous crime off the streets.”

The home invasion occurred around 10:30am on the 500 block of South Grant Street.

A neighbor on the street, Olivia Cruz, told WNDU: “Oh my God, it broke my heart, he was trying so hard to protect his mom and get them out of there.”

Cruz said it was the first such incident she has experienced and that it was “scary” because “our kids play outside.” 

In the Facebook post, the police department described the video as “extremely disturbing” and, “you can see a little boy hitting one of the armed suspects as he tries to defend his home. It is our job now to defend him.”

Anyone with information on the hoodie-donning suspects is urged to call the South Bend Police Department’s investigative bureau at 574-235-9263 or Stoppers at 574-288-STOP or 800-342-STOP.