|Updated: 12/23/2012 9:18 pm
||Published: 12/23/2012 8:14 pm
A Green Country teen is thankful to be alive after he had a gun pulled on him Friday. The thief got away with an early Christmas present when he stole the 13-year-old’s first cell phone.
"It was really scary but I'm alright now," said 13-year-old Robert Perez.
He was still shaken and scared but walked FOX23 through what happened Friday afternoon. Robert was visiting his grandparents in Tulsa when he decided to go to the park with his brother and cousin.
"I saw him come up the road," said Robert.
The teen says when he realized the person was sitting there he grabbed his little brother and cousin to leave. But the person followed.
"He started talking and I thought he was talking on his phone," said Robert.
Robert told FOX23 when he realized the guy was asking him what time it was he pulled out his phone to tell him. The robber then pulled out his gun and told the teen to drop his phone. The 13-year-old said he did and then tried to defend himself.
"I grabbed the gun and pushed it away from me. I almost had it but he jerked back really hard and said now your dead fool," he said.
The teen said then the thief ran off.
"Why did you grab the gun?" asked FOX23’s Dontaye Carter.
"I wasn't thinking. I just knew he was going to hurt my brothers, he was going to hurt my cousins, and he’s going to hurt someone else,” said Robert. “I thought I could take it from him and hold him until police got there."
Robert says he ran to a neighbor’s house where they called police he got away with only scratches on his hand from grabbing the gun. However, his mother, Angela Jones is just thankful she only lost the phone.
“If this happens to someone else the gun may go off,” she said. “He may shoot someone, you never know. Just be aware of your surroundings."
Police do not recommend ever trying to take a gun from a robber. The teen says he now knows better.
Police recommend cooperating with a robber in that case. They say nothing is worth your life.