A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy hurled toys at several men who broke into his home and had his mother at gunpoint.
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.
“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.”
“I’m just, my whole thing was my hero right here,” she said Johnson.
“He was trying to hit the guys.”
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.
“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.”
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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 Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP or 800-342-STOP.