Attempted car thief Ollie L. Dunn was thwarted from stealing a pickup truck thanks to a 9-year-old boy who was inside the vehicle with his pellet gun.
Dunn, 32, tried to take the red 2009 Dodge Ram from outside a convenience store in Kokomo, Indiana, early on Christmas morning, the Kokomo Tribune reports.
"As soon as he opened the door, I got scared," 9-year-old Larry Larimore told WTHR. "So I pulled out the pellet gun and pointed it to his head."
Dunn backed off when he saw the boy was armed, and quickly moved to the unoccupied green Chevrolet Trailblazer nearby.
"I thought he was going to come back at me," said Kevin Cooksey, Larry's father. "I thought I was going to have to dodge a moving car with my 9-year-old son in the truck."
The Trailblazer's owner, Kyle Sparling, said he was in the convenience store when the Ram owner told him his car was being stolen. He says the thief was "doing donuts" in the street before fleeing the scene, according to the Kokomo Tribune.
A press release from the Kokomo Police Department states Sparling and Cooksey pursued the thief on ice-covered roads. WRTV states the police report was received around 1 a.m.
The winter ice appeared to be too thick for Dunn to make a clean getaway -- the Kokomo Tribune reports that he spun out of control and crashed the vehicle.
"It was doing donuts, zigzags, almost flipped," Larry told WTHR.
Sparling and Cooksey gave police Dunn's location. He was charged with attempted theft of a vehicle, not having a license and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, WRTV reports.
The car has minor damage, but Sparling says he is thankful that no other drivers were hurt and that the other man was there to help him.
"He’s a total true American," he said of Cooksey. "He's a life-saver. If it wasn't for him, I doubt that I’d have my car, to be honest."
Cooksey, meanwhile, is proud that his son made the right decision.
"When I saw my truck door open, I was like, 'oh my God, what am I going to tell my wife?'" Cooksey told WTHR. "I was thinking, I hope my son knew what to do in that situation."
Larry says he just likes helping people "because it's kind."
"If my grandma was here, she would have me do the same," the boy said.
Both Cooksey and Sparling say the incident serves as a reminder to them to not leave their car engines running and the vehicle unattended.