Children are the most vulnerable members of society. According to the National Institute of Justice, adolescents are more likely to be victimized than their adult counterparts. Due to their trusting nature and typically weak strength, they are seen as easy prey by criminals. But some children are quite capable of fighting back, defending themselves and those around them, sometimes with fatal consequences for the perpetrator.
10 Alex Leek
In January 2014, 14-year-old Alex Leek from Independence, Missouri, returned home from school to find a stranger in the house. The man, later identified as 24-year-old David R. Smith, was rummaging through the family’s electronics. Seeing the teenager, the burglar fled the scene, taking Leek’s cell phone and approximately $1,000 worth of merchandise with him. Unable to call the police without his phone, Alex decided to follow the suspect.
Alex remained behind the perpetrator and tried to stay hidden as best he could. As he followed Smith down the street, he tried to get help from passersby, telling them that the man had robbed his house, but no one would help the young boy. Alex followed Smith to the library and once inside, flagged down a security guard and told him what had happened. The guard approached Smith, who stopped and dropped a few of the stolen items. Smith told the guard that it was actually Alex who had robbed him while he was at home playing video games. Smith then fled the scene but was apprehended by police a few blocks away.
Smith was charged with second-degree burglary and theft. All of Alex’s family’s stolen items were returned. Alex told reporters that he wasn’t sure what had gotten into him that day to make him follow the burglar, but he was happy that he was able to prevent him from victimizing others.