A woman gets her purse stolen just as she is about to pump gas at a Houston gas station, but her eight-year-old son doesn't let the thief get away that easy.
Jose Alonso, 8, and his sister were sitting in their family’s minivan at the Buzzy Bee Gas Station Thursday when a robber reached into the front seat to steal Alonso’s mother’s purse.
That’s when Alonso swept into action as he tried to fight off the robber before chasing him through the gas station. The incident was all caught on tape.
Footage obtained by KPRC-TV shows Jose’s mother, Nancy, leave her car by a gas pump around 7 a.m. to pay inside.
A man stepped out of a red Ford Expedition parked next to the mother’s minivan. As a woman sat in the passenger seat of the red Ford, the robber opened the door of the minivan and snatched the purse that was on the seat.
The video then shows eight-year-old Jose struggle with the thief for the purse.The man was able to get away with the bag but not without a fight from Jose.
Wearing one shoe, the boy chased after the robber and managed to pull his mother’s wallet out of the stolen bag.
“I was scared a little bit, but I told myself just do with it,” Jose told KPRC. “I ran as fast as I can. So I reached in and grabbed my mom’s black wallet with her credit cards.”
Jose’s act of heroism came from his simple wish of his sister getting her birthday party and his mom having enough money to afford it.
“My sister’s party was coming up and I wanted her to have her party, and I wanted my mom to get all of her stuff back,” Jose said.
Police are still looking for the suspect, described as slender and in his 20s. He was wearing black jean shorts, a white button down shirt and a red hat.
Thanks to Jose, the purse snatcher was only able to escape with the bag and a set of keys.
You can watch the entire incident below.
Sources: KPRC-TV, New York Daily News, YouTube