What happened in Michigan gas station Video?
A 12-year-old boy was caught on camera robbing a Michigan gas station with a gun. The child can be seen standing in line while a customer pays for gas in front of him. As soon as he reaches the front of the line, he pulls a 9mm handgun from his black bag and demands money.
The child says calmly, “Put the money in the bag!” “Are you serious?” the cashier inquires. The boy is then seen shooting a round into the ceiling. At first, the woman behind the counter flinches, then quickly withdraws a bag of cash from the safe. She gives it to the child and instructs him to “go out.”
The boy tries to reload his gun as he walks away, but it jams. One of the shell casings shatter and fall to the ground. He then walks away quietly. Shortly after the incident, 911 dispatchers received a call about an armed robbery at the Marathon gas station on East Main Street.
Only a block away from the gas station is the police station. The boy was apprehended by police not long after.
The boy was arrested without incident by Hartford Police Chief Tressa Beltran and charged with armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and discharge of a pistol in Van Buren County Family Court this week. The child told a classmate about his plan to commit the armed robbery, according to officers. The weapon was allegedly taken from his grandfather’s locked safe. The boy’s grandfather stated that he had no idea his grandson had access to the safe.
The child is a student at Hartford Middle School. He is being held at the Allegan County Juvenile Center until a hearing later this month.
“I assumed he was a kid, not even 10 years old,” Jessica, the store clerk, told News Channel 3. He came across as far too composed. I honestly thought it was a joke until I heard the gun go off. I wanted to hug the boy because he has so many problems, but it’s hard to feel sorry for him when he acts like this. If I’m robbed, I’ve always assumed I’ll hand over the money; no amount of money is worth my life.”
Every day at this job, I’m learning something new. I’ve been a full-time police officer for the past 38 years. “The fact that he showed no emotion astounded me the most,” said Hartford Lt. Mike Prince. “He claimed it wasn’t for the money.” He claimed that if the money had been given to him, he would have flushed it down the toilet. He wouldn’t give us an explanation for what he’d done.”
Following the school shooting in Uvalde, there has been ongoing discussion about how to reduce gun violence.
Salvador Ramos, 18, barricaded himself inside a classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24 and massacred 19 students and two teachers. The police were reprimanded for not intervening quickly enough to stop the shooting and save the victims. Ramos was shot and killed by an off-duty Customs and Border Protection agent from an elite tactical team.