According to police, a 12-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with an armed theft car in Washington, DC.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr Avenue and U Street in southeast DC, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a press release.
According to Metro Police, one woman reported that a suspect approached her and demanded her keys. She also said he had what appeared to be a firearm in his waistband.
Police said the suspect fled the scene on foot after refusing to hand over the keys.
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In an interview with FOX 5DC, The woman, who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation, said she had just parked her car, unbuckled her seat belt and got out of her vehicle to go to a restaurant on Sunday afternoon when the attempted car theft took place. She said the boy was startled after she refused to give him her keys and ended up running away.
“It just upset me,” the woman said. “I didn’t really know how to feel. I was frozen.”
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Metro Police said responding officers took the suspect into custody a short time later and determined he was in possession of a firearm. In a press release Monday afternoon, police identified the suspect as a 12-year-old.
The boy was charged with armed theft auto and carrying a handgun without a driver’s license.
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“[Youth violence] “It’s awful,” she told the outlet. “It’s gotten so bad and the age limit is getting smaller and smaller.”
Police did not name the suspect because of his age.