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Armed suspects rob brothers of hoverboard Christmas gifts in broad daylight

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Posted at 9:19 PM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 21:19:08-05

Two children in Detroit say their brand new hoverboards that they received for Christmas were stolen by two armed suspects. Now, police are investigating.

"Maybe 20 minutes later they come running in the house talking about, 'Mom, somebody robbed us for our hover boards.' And I'm like, 'what,'" said Fallon Jackson.

Fallon's sons, 11-year-old Jacob and 13-year-old Knowledge were out enjoying the new hover boards they got for Christmas when they say two men drove up and the driver who was armed with a gun demanded they hand over the motorized scooters.

"He talking about, 'stop'... and then we kept going and then he said, 'Stop or I'll shoot y'all,'" Jacob said.

Fallon said that her children say the suspect pulled a gun out on the children over the hoverboards.

"He's 11, he's 13 – for some hoverboards," she asked. "For some hoverboards? Because y'all don't have nothing better to do but rob little kids."

Knowledge described more of the shocking interaction.

"He was like, 'Oh, give us those hoverboards right now,'" he recalled. "And we didn't give them to him and that's when he got out the car and we got off the hoverboards and he grabbed them and he ran in the car and took them."

Jacob added that a second suspect, who was in the car said to them,"This my Christmas," before leaving the area.

Fallon and her sons could not believe how brazen the men were. It happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday on Lauder Street near Joy Road on Detroit's west side. Fallon says that Detroit police were quick to respond, but the thieves could not be located.

"(The suspects were) riding around in a gray Avalon, four door," Fallon, the boys' mother said. "One of the doors is dark gray... the front end is tore up. You have a tail light missing, you look like you're out of place. Some of the neighbors saw them and said they look out of place."

Fallon says it's not even about the $200 she spent on each hoverboard, it's about the audacity that two men would pull a gun on two boys.

"They should be very ashamed," she said. "They should wanna go crawl under a rock and die for pulling out a gun on an 11 and 13-year-old. These is kids...your kids should be able to come outside and play."