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Three in custody after string of robberies in Beaumont, Lumberton
BEAUMONT - By Megan Dillard - Police are praising a six-year-old boy and calling him a hero for jumping on a robber's back while the man attacked the child's mother.
21-year-old Scott Allen Willis is in custody in connection with the Friday night attack.
KFDM Police say Willis and two other people are responsible for six robberies that began at the end of last month in Beaumont's west end and continued until early Sunday morning in Lumberton.
Beaumont police say the first robbery was March 26.
The group targeted a woman as she got out of her car in her garage in the 6200 block of Afton Lane.
Police say the robber pinned the 74-year-old victim against her car and stole her wallet and medication.
Then about a week later, investigators say the same group robbed two people within 15 minutes.
The suspects stopped a woman in front of her home in the 5700 block of Kohler.
One of them pointed a gun and stole the woman's purse.
The next robbery, on the same day, in the 1300 block of 23rd Street.
Same scenario: the group confronted a woman, pulled out a gun, and stole her purse.
The fourth hit in this series: two days later.
Shortly after midnight, the three suspects walked up to a woman as she and her son were getting out of their car in the driveway in the 5700 block of Clinton.
One man had a gun.
He used an expletive and told her, "This is a homicide."
He struggled with the mother while he tried to grab her purse and shopping bag.
That's when her six-year-old son jumped on the robber's back.
The suspect dropped the mother's bags and ran back to his vehicle.
The suspect also dropped some personal items during the struggle.
Police say that helped them identify the man.
Investigators say the group struck again early Sunday morning, this time in Lumberton.
The suspects stopped a woman in the 200 block of Village Creek Parkway. Again, they took out a gun.
Then they made her drive to an ATM where the robbers made the woman withdraw money.
From there the group confronted two women at a home in the 100 block of Dennis Drive.
One woman pulled out a gun and shot one of the suspects in the chest. Police arrested the three suspects at Christus Hospital Saint Elizabeth. Investigators are praising both the six year old who jumped on the robber and the woman in Lumberton who shot one of the suspects.
Police say it's critical to be prepared in case criminals confront you in the same way.
"The little boy was a hero. It also shows, even at six, he knew that he had to do something. That's a lesson for the community. The community needs to understand that they need to get involved. Your home is your castle, you do have the right to protect your home. We will never discourage someone from exercising their 2nd amendment rights. But we would encourage them, if they do exercise those 2nd amendment rights, that they do everything they need to do to prepare themselves physically, emotionally, and mentally to protect themselves with that handgun."
The suspects are facing charges that could put them in jail for up to life.