MOODY, Ala. (WBMA) — Nine-year-old Ethan Walker said he knew something was wrong when a man pointed a gun at his mother at the gas pump.
He managed to get his little sister out of the car before the suspects took off with it.
“When he got in, I didn’t really notice. But once my mom jumped in, that’s when I started to notice he was trying to take the car. So, I jumped out and went around and got Audrey out,” said Ethan Walker.
Within seconds Ethan quickly unbuckled his 5-year-old sister's seatbelt.
His mother, Kristen Walker, was in tears not knowing if her children were going to be taken.
“At that moment, Ethan was very quick to jump out the car and go around, get his little sister out, and as soon as we were all out of the car, he drove away,” said Kristen Walker.
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Ethan's dad, Brian Walker, said when he got the call, he was devastated not to be the one to help rescue his family.
He said he was proud of his son.
”That calmness, at least a little bit, to be able to get over there and unbuckle the car seat without fumbling or freaking out to where he couldn’t get it done – he kept his composure and did a fantastic job,” said Brian Walker.
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Moody Police Chief Thomas Hunt plans to honor Ethan for his bravery.
Two suspects involved in the robbery were later arrested in Mississippi. The Saint Clair County District Attorney said they are facing multiple felony charges including robbery and vehicle theft.