On Friday night, two men stormed into a GameStop store in Montgomery County, Maryland. They ordered everyone onto the ground at gunpoint, and while employees and a husband and wife complied, the couple's seven-year-old boy started swinging punches at the robbers instead. "He's a brave little boy, and he recognised he was in a dangerous situation," the father told local news site WJLA. "And there was a stranger and he was trying to defend himself."
The boy was quickly restrained by the intruders. As his father called out "I need my son", they released him to lie on the ground with his parents.
"We don't want something like this to strike fear into him for a good portion of his life," the boy's father adds. "The best thing we can say to our son in this instance is that the bad guys have been found, and they are in jail."
Something he'll be able to say once the men are actually caught; police are still looking out for the pair, who are "described by police as black men in their 20s, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall [167cm], and weighing 170 pounds [77kg]".