KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A South Kansas City mother is still shaken, after thieves held her children at gunpoint to steal their hoverboards.
The armed robbery happened last week near E. 109th Street and Marsh Avenue, right across from an elementary school.
“It’s a cowardly thing to do to pull guns on kids,” said mother Diamond Price.
Price splurged on the hoverboards as Christmas gifts last year for her three little boys, dishing out about $600 apiece.
She said two of her sons and her nephew, ages 12 to 14, were riding their hoverboards around their neighborhood when a car rolled up beside them.
“He pulled up, opened the door, he racked a gun, he pointed it at me and told me to get off the hoverboard,” recalled Price’s nephew, 14-year-old Bobby Wallace.
The boys said the stranger's hand was shaking as he pointed a gun in their direction.
“I just didn`t know what to do,” Bobby said. “I just ran.”
The boys dropped their hoverboards and ran home to tell Price, who just couldn't believe it.
“That they pulled a gun on kids, that`s the most disturbing part for me,” she said. “These are babies, and they`re young. Don`t ruin their lives for them. They`re terrified now.”
Price said the crime has made her otherwise playful kids scared to go outside this summer. It’s also cost her family about $1,800.
“That is a lot of money to pay out for hoverboards and then turn around somebody just take them from them,” she said.
But ultimately, Price said it's not about the money, it's about peace of mind – and she feels like that was unfairly taken from her boys.
“You could`ve went and got a job or done something different than to take from young boys and ruin their perspective on the world,” she said.
The boys described the suspect vehicle as a gray Ford Freestyle.
They said the suspects looked to be about 18 years old and had dreadlocks. The gunman was wearing a blue shirt, tan pants and black shoes.
If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.