Texas 9-year-old calls 911 during terrifying carjacking
By Jay Dillon
Police in Houston, Texas say a 9-year-old boy called 911 while going on a frightening ride inside a carjacked vehicle. His actions helped police rescue him and other children who were in the car. "He said 'hang on' and I was like 'wait you're in the wrong car' and he was like 'I know, I'm stealing this car'." That's the conversation Alex Veasley said he had with the man. With those words, the 9-year-old and four other children were off on the most dangerous ride of their young lives. He said it happened in an instant."She was buying us tacos because some people were hungry," Alex said.The driver stopped at a Houston Jack in the Box and left the car running as she went in to grab an order for the kids. That's when police say 24-year-old Brenton Simmons jumped in the SUV."He just got in, got the keys, and drove away," Alex said.Simmons drove around with the kids for hours speeding and swerving all over the road barely missing other cars. Alex said he kept squealing the tires and nearly flipped it over. He said most of the other kids were asleep but Simmons' erratic driving finally woke up the oldest child in the car."His head hit the ceiling and he said 'is there somebody in this car?' And I was like 'yep, we're getting car robbed'," Alex said.When Simmons stopped to get gas, Alex saw his opportunity: a cell phone left behind by the driver. It was in a cup holder and he grabbed it and called 911.Alex and the 11-year-old boy told a dispatcher what was going on and where they were. Shortly after that call they saw the flashing police lights that meant they would soon be free."I was like 'yes', and I was happy because I could finally go home, because I was exhausted," Alex said.By 9:30 Wednesday night, Alex was safely in the back of a patrol car at Houston Police headquarters waving and ready to be reunited with his mom.
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