The father said this son had been suspended from school for fighting before he slipped away by saying he was taking out the trash. He said he and the boy’s mother presumed he then went to a friend’s house. She called police the next day, after he didn’t come home, and learned he had been arrested in Las Vegas.
“How would you let a 9-year-old child go through a security check without stopping and questioning him? How can that be?” he asked.
The father confirmed his son was the same 9-year-old who stole a delivery truck in Minneapolis and crashed it into a suburban Edina police squad car two days before stowing away. He choked up as he recalled discussing the incident with an officer who brought the boy home.
“I asked the officer, ‘Please sir can you go upstairs with me, watch me whup his butt?’ The officer told me, ‘If I see you hit your son we’re going to have to lock you up.’ I said, ‘Sir, what can I do? I’ve been asking for help, but there’s no one that’s helping me.’ I’m in what you call double jeopardy,” he said.