Authorities in Nassau County, Florida say a suspect named Ivan Fox drove into someone else’s truck outside a gas station while two young children were inside. inside.
However, the suspect apparently let the nearby children out because one of them spoke up during the tense moments, News 4 Jax reported Wednesday.
“That little girl was so brave,” noted K-9 Assistant Beth Smith. “She demanded that he let them out and demanded that she get her brother out.”
A photo showed Smith with K-9 Rogue who helped with the case and a social media user said: “When it comes to the kids in her community or her personal life (k9 included) she has no never played with the safety of children’s life.”
“Whether it’s his own family or close friends. Or her community, she is an exceptional woman,” the person added.
Regarding the recent incident, the suspect drove the vehicle to Georgia but was cut off by Charlton County Sheriff’s Office deputies and chased in Florida.
Nassau County deputies eventually deployed stop sticks and near the same gas station, he drove into a ditch and then fled the area.
K-9 Rogue got to work finding the suspect and even swam and followed when the team entered the water, eventually catching the man, who was arrested and charged with carjacking.
After the incident, Smith expressed relief at the turn of events and praised the little girl’s actions.
“Honestly, apart from everything, she’s the hero of this story. She’s got so much bravery just to get the kid out,” Smith told News 4 Jax.
The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office shared a photo of the girl and boy standing next to Smith and Rogue.
Social media users expressed their delight at the result, with one person writing: ‘So grateful they are doing well. Thank you NCSO for a job well done.
“Glad to see all of their smiles!” another commented.