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Watch This 6-Year-Old Girl Stand Up to Ax-Wielding Store Invaders

Luckily Sarah Patel of Auckland was not hurt in the incident

Most people would run for cover when someone breaks into their place with a weapon in hand.

But a 6-year-old girl in Auckland instead stood up and ran toward an alleged robber breaking into her family’s store wielding an ax, reports the New Zealand Herald.

That moment of bravery was caught on CCTV footage, which shows Sarah Patel pushing the leg of one of the attackers, dressed in black, who was trying to hit an employee after allegedly breaking into the shop with axes and crowbars on Monday afternoon.

She only turned and ran when she spotted the ax in the man’s hand. Her grandfather then escorted her to safety.

Suhail Patel, Sarah’s father, told the paper that he was “very fortunate she didn’t get hurt,” when he saw his daughter’s courageous act caught on video afterwards. She had thought that the robbers were attacking him, he told the Herald.

Mother Nashrin Patel drove in pursuit of the robbers’ getaway car just so she could let police know their whereabouts.

Local police allege that the attackers, six in total, broke a glass cabinet, took bags of cell phones from the store, and injured an employee in the face during their heist. Five people, all teenagers, are facing charges, the Herald reports.

[New Zealand Herald]

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