A 9-year-old girl in Florida was awarded by police after they are saying she fought off a robber to guard her mom – and it was all caught on video.

West Palm Beach police say Journee Nelson and her mom have been purchasing for groceries at Sabor Tropical Supermarket on Nov. 2 when the suspect tried to steal her mom’s purse.

9-year-old Florida girl protects mom from suspected robber with barrage of punchesVideo

“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,” Journee mentioned Sunday on ‘Fox & Friends Weekend.’

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Police say whereas Journee’s mom was loading groceries into her automobile, the suspect ‘rushed up on her’ and started to violently pull at her purse earlier than knocking her down. The suspect reportedly advised the mom to let go of the purse or “you’re going to make me pop you” whereas reaching for his waistband. 

Journee ran in the direction of the encounter, punched the suspect on his head after which chased him 4 homes down. The suspect initially obtained away, however was later recognized as Demetrius Jackson and arrested two days later, police mentioned.

Journee was honored by the police division with a medal and certificates for her fast actions and braveness.

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“Chief Adderley honored a 9-year old child today for bravery as she ran to her mother’s defense to fend off a brazen robber. An #arrest was swiftly made in this case. The West Palm Beach Police Foundation presented the child with a token of appreciation,” West Palm Beach PD mentioned in a Twitter submit.

The chief advised WSVN that whereas the girl was courageous, he doesn’t advocate anybody confront a suspected legal.

“I wouldn’t recommend that you confront an individual like that but in the heat of the moment things happen. I bet he was shocked when she kicked him right in the face because he definitely could tell on the video that he was not expecting that, and her actions were perfect timing in this particular situation, and I think she hit him pretty hard,” Chief Frank Adderley mentioned.

Jackson was charged with theft and battery, FOX 35 Orlando stories.