Boy, 9, tries to save brother from carjacker at QuikTrip, cops say

Armon Tyree

Armon Tyree

The boy tried.

This past Saturday night, the 9-year-old witnessed a man stealing his uncle’s car at a QuikTrip gas station in DeKalb County, with his 4-year-old brother inside, police said. The older boy attempted to pull the younger out, but the thief drove away, sending the 9-year-old running into the Flat Shoals Parkway store searching for his uncle.

The suspect, Armon Tyree, 22, of Decatur, drove a mile before customers at a hair salon saw him pull into the parking lot and push the crying 4-year-old out, according to warrants. Witnesses said the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta nearly ran over the boy while driving away.

The child had bruising and scratches on his legs, the warrants obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution say.

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Police later found the car parked in front of Tyree’s apartment outside Decatur. He was arrested on charges of kidnapping, child cruelty and car theft.

The warrants say the QuikTrip security camera recorded the ordeal at the gas station and that Tyree is known by the police.

Court records show he’s faced a variety of mostly petty charges and has been barred from several DeKalb County gas stations, including another QuikTrip.

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Police said two men drove in the same car to the gas station off Interstate 20 and Columbia Drive.