9-year-old boy’s courage saves him and 4 other children’s lives

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HOUSTON, Tx. – A Houston boy is happy to be home after a frightening ride inside a carjacked vehicle.

His actions helped police rescue him and other children who were in the car.

“He said, ‘Hang on’ and I was like, ‘Wait, you’re in the wrong car’ and he was like, ‘I know, I’m stealing this car,” said Alex Veasley, inside the carjacked vehicle.

With those words 9-year-old Alex Veasley and four other children were off on the most dangerous ride of their young lives.

“I hope that never happens again,” Alex said.

It happened in an instant.

“She was buying us tacos because some people were hungry,” Alex said.

Alex says his driver, Latonya Jackson, stopped at a Jack-in-the-Box, but left the car running when she went in to grab another order for one of the kids.

That’s when police say 24-year-old Brenton Simmons jumped in the SUV.

“He just got in, got the keys and drove away,” Alex said.

Simmons drove around with the kids for hours speeding and swerving all over the road.

“The car almost flipped over,” Alex said.

Alex says most of the other kids were asleep but Simmons’ erratic driving finally woke the oldest child in the car.

“His head hit the ceiling and he said, ‘Is there somebody in this car?’ And I was like, ‘Yep, we’re getting car robbed,” Alex said.

When Simmons stopped in Cinco Ranch to get gas, Alex saw an opportunity. He located a cell phone left behind by Latonya Jackson.

“It was in a cup holder in the back seat,” Alex said.

Alex and the 11-year-old boy told a dispatcher what was going on and where they were.

Shortly after that call, they saw the flashing police lights.

“I was like yes! I was happy because I could finally go home,” Alex said.

By 9:30 Wednesday night, Alex was safely in the back of a patrol car at HPD headquarters.

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