West Palm Beach, FL

Little girl saves mother when man tries to get purse: “I saw him running towards my mom”

Amy Christie

A little girl was awarded by the police department after her heroic actions during an attempted robbery that took place in Florida.

Instead of freezing when she saw the threat, she acted fast and saved her mother.

What are the details?

Danielle Mobley went to buy groceries with her daughter Journee Nelson. They were out shopping in West Palm Beach when the incident happened.

Surveillance footage captured the moment when the mother was assaulted by an individual trying to take her purse.

"We struggled over the purse,” Danielle Mobley shared with WSVN-TV. After that, the suspect reportedly told the woman she had to let go of the purse if she didn’t want to get hurt.

And he said the words as he reached for his waistband, according to The Blaze.

What happened next?

As the attack took place, Danielle’s daughter was not frozen by the unfolding scene. Instead, she immediately ran over to try and rescue her mom.

And that added a surprise the suspect wasn’t expecting.

"We walked out the store, and then I took a little glance at him, and then I looked back at the car, and then I opened my door. And then, next thing I know, I saw him running towards my mom," the little girl recalled in an appearance on "Fox & Friends Weekend."

"I fought back. I had to save my mom," Journee said. The man ran from the scene, and the brave girl chased him across four houses until he got away.

The suspect took the mother’s purse with a cellphone and her bank cards, her wallet, and some cash.

Fortunately, he was identified two days later as 29-year-old Demetrius Jackson, and he was taken into custody.

The West Palm Beach Police Department honored the brave little girl with a special certificate and a medal.

“Her actions were perfect timing in this particular situation. I wouldn't recommend that you confront an individual like that, but in the heat of the moment things happen,” West Palm Beach Police Department Chief Frank Adderley said.

"I'm very proud of her that was her initial reaction. I wish we, sometimes, things could be a little different because she is still dealing with this mentally,” the mother commented on the incident and her daughter’s courage.

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