Pre-Teen Takes Down Burglar Fleeing From Police

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The 10-12 year olds were playing basketball when they saw a burglar fleeing from Springfield police.

Springfield, MO - Springfield PD released an open "thank you" to a pre-teen who took down a burglary suspect fleeing from officers.

According to Springfield PD, the incident started Friday night when officers received a call to a church in the 2700 block of N. National for a burglary that had just occurred.

When officers arrived, they found a 50-year-old male suspect who had stolen at least two weedeaters.

When the suspect saw the police, he dropped the weedeaters and fled on his bicycle.

Sergeant Friend pursued the suspect in his vehicle and then got out to chase the suspect on foot when the suspect started riding between houses.

The suspect was on a bike, and may have gotten away, except a group of 10-12 year old kids were playing basketball nearby.

The group of kids saw the suspect fleeing from Sergeant Friend, and one of them knew what he had to do.

The kid threw the basketball across the roadway, hitting the suspect, and knocking him off of his bike.

The officers were able to take the suspect into custody and book him into jail for the burglary.

On Saturday, the department took to Facebook to thank the youth who took down the burglary suspect saying, "HECK YES! We have to give major props to some young gentlemen who really helped us out last night!"

The young hero was not identified.

Would you help an officer take down a fleeing suspect? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

Comments (12)
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Janet
Janet

I love my Police Department, so yes. And that little boy is a hero, smart, quick-thinking, and should get a community award for bravery. Give him a hug for me, please.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Great job kids............. Keep it up. There is hope for this country after all.........

loveanyh2o
loveanyh2o

Hell yes!!! In a heartbeat!!!

Backing TheBlue
Backing TheBlue

Hell Yeah! I wouldn't hesitate to help an officer in distress.

Astroserf
Astroserf

Absolutely I'd help our law enforcement officers although I'd never be able to hit a perp on a bicycle with a basketball. That's a really cool story.

VicG
VicG

Great job guy's. Anyone should help LEO's in their time of need...

ScotsLad
ScotsLad

I have helped Officers in the past and will do so again, at need.

Mic911
Mic911

Great job kids!!! Yes, I have assisted officers in my hometown!

CJnana
CJnana

Love it ! Thank you guys !

Mary2606*
Mary2606*

I have already. There was 4 guys and 2 cheerleaders arguing after a football game at a nearby car wash. I was washing my SUV at the time. One of them took out a rifle from his pickup. The ones in the Mustang too off in fear. I was in fear and got in my SUV. When I saw the truck follow the car, I called 911 and gave them the info but they wanted licence plate #s so I followed the 2 at a distance but stayed with 911 on the phone so as to tell her which way they were going. About 3 minutes later, our Harlingen PD stopped both car and truck. They found the gun and it was loaded. No one was hurt but 4 were arrested. My hubby is a retired HPD. All this happened about 10 years ago.

HillCntryGirl88
HillCntryGirl88

I commend the young men for their actions. They were able to help and did so without hesitation. Good Job.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Yes, I would!


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