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Video shows brave 9-year-old girl fight thug robbing her mother: 'I fought back. I had to save my mom.'

 A 9-year-old girl was awarded by police for her heroic actions to protect her mother during a robbery in Florida.

Danielle Mobley and her daughter Journee Nelson were grocery shopping in West Palm Beach on Nov. 2. That's when surveillance video captured the moment that the mother was attacked by a thug trying to steal her purse.

"We struggled over the purse. He pushed me down to the ground," Danielle Mobley told WSVN-TV.

The suspect reportedly told Mobley to let go of her purse otherwise, "You're going to make me pop you," while reaching for his waistband.

Instead of being petrified by fear, the young girl ran to try to save her mother from the attack. Journee punched the violent robber."We walked out the store and then I took a little glance at him and then I looked back at the car and then I opened my door. And then, next thing I know, I saw him running towards my mom," Journee said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends Weekend."

"I fought back. I had to save my mom," Journee said.

Journee punched the thug in the face, and he pushed the girl to the ground.

He fled the crime scene, and the brave 9-year-old girl ran after the man across four houses before he got away.

The thief stole Mobley's purse, which contained a cellphone, several bank cards, a Coach wallet, cash, and her concealed carry permit.

However, the suspect was identified as 29-year-old Demetrius Jackson and arrested two days after the robbery. He was charged with robbery and battery.

On Thursday, the West Palm Beach Police Department honored the pint-sized hero with a medal and certificate.

"I bet he was shocked when she kicked him right in the face because he definitely could tell on the video that he was not expecting that, and her actions were perfect timing in this particular situation, and I think she hit him pretty hard," said West Palm Beach Police Department Chief Frank Adderley.

The chief warned, "I wouldn't recommend that you confront an individual like that but in the heat of the moment things happen."

The mother commended her daughter, "I'm very proud of her that was her initial reaction. I wish we, sometimes, things could be a little different because she is still dealing with this mentally."

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