9-year-old ran away to avoid punishment

Gabriel Crockett
Gabriel Crockett

(WMC-TV) - Witnesses say a 9-year-old boy may have run away from home Wednesday night because he was afraid he was going to be punished for disobeying his mother.

Shortly after he was found safe Thursday morning, Gabriel Crockett was reunited with his mother near Westhaven Elementary School.

Police say Gabriel was first spotted around 7:15 in the morning at Shelby Drive and Neely which isn't far from his home on Appleville.

Gabriel reportedly dropped his bicycle and ran away when officers questioned him about his identity.

Fortunately, officers found him just a few minutes later at the nearby school.

Before Gabriel and his mother were reunited Thursday morning, the last time he had been seen was around 6:45 Wednesday night as he walked up to the door of his home.

However, witnesses said Gabriel appeared afraid to go inside, and instead, jumped on his bike and rode away.

Gabriel's mother told police the 9-year-old was being punished and wasn't supposed to go outside. But while she was at work, he decided to go ride his bike anyway.

Apparently, he didn't make it home before his mother arrived.

Police haven't said where Gabriel spent the night.

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