Neighbors help Phoenix boy robbed at gunpoint

Posted at 10:26 PM, Dec 08, 2015

A Phoenix community has come together to help a 15-year-old Phoenix boy who was robbed at gunpoint on his walk home from school.

Leonel Sevilla says he was looking at his phone near 10th Street and McDowell Road when a car pulled up and a young guy got out and pointed a gun at him.

"He had a gun pointed at my stomach," said Sevilla.

The robber ordered him to empty his backpack and surrender his phone.

"'You better give me all of your stuff or I'll shoot you,' he kept telling me stuff like that," said Sevilla, "It was really scary."

A Good Samaritan, who has asked to remain anonymous, figured out what was happening and tried to help.

The neighbor tells ABC15 the robber aimed the gun at them and pulled the trigger, causing them to dive to the ground. They say the gun was empty, so no bullets were fired, but the robber was able to get away.

After calling police, the Good Samaritan decided to take action and rally others in the neighborhood to donate school supplies and money to replace everything Sevilla had stolen. 

They were able to surprise the teen and his family with two backpacks, a stack of notebooks and other gifts along with several carpool offers so he doesn't have to walk home alone from school.

"They're really good, nice people who went out of their way to help me out," said Sevilla.

The suspect is described as a Native American man who is 18-20-years-old. He was a passenger in a teal colored car, police say a woman was driving.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Phoenix police.