View Full Version : Nine year old kid steals car, then sneaks onto plane.

stunt double
01-19-2007, 03:58 AM

Boy, 9, takes flight in car, then hops jets
Lakewood runaway was headed to Dallas


A 9-year-old runaway's plane-hopping journey from Lakewood to Dallas fell short Wednesday with prosecutors back home filing felony charges -- and Southwest Airlines officials scrambling to explain how the boy got through their terminals and onto two planes.

"He might be a little more sophisticated than your average 9-year-old," said Fred Wist, chief prosecutor for Pierce County's juvenile division. Semaj Booker's strange adventure began Sunday afternoon when he stole a 1986 Acura that had been left running in front of a neighbor's house.

Police spotted the boy on state Route 512 near the Interstate 5 interchange and gave chase when he refused to pull over. The pursuit hit speeds of 80 to 90 mph and ended when the Acura's engine blew out while the car exited the highway.

"He just coasted to a stop and bumped into a tree," Lakewood police Lt. David Guttu said.

Officers had to smash one of the car's windows because Semaj refused to unlock the doors and come out.

Because of his age, officials at Pierce County's Juvenile Detention Center refused to admit Semaj. So police took him back to his mother's house.

Early the next morning, though, Semaj took off again. He slipped out of his suburban Tacoma home and somehow made it to Sea-Tac Airport, where he sailed through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint.

Authorities say the boy managed to lie his way onto two flights, aiming to get to his native Texas.

"Everything he is doing is designed to get him to Dallas," Guttu said. "That is what he calls home."

Southwest Airlines is still trying to figure out how the 4-foot-9, 80-pound youth was able to fly from Seattle to San Antonio with a plane change in Phoenix without drawing the attention of airline workers.
Airline spokeswoman Marilee McInnis said Semaj approached the Southwest ticket counter Monday morning. He said he had lost his boarding pass and his mother was already in the boarding area.

"The young man's information matched a paid, ticketless reservation for the flight. Based on the information he gave us, he was issued a boarding pass," the airline said in a statement Wednesday.

Southwest's policy for unaccompanied minors only applies to 5- to 11-year-olds, and Semaj -- apparently having done his homework -- told the agent at the ticket counter that he was 12.

"We don't know how he got the information he gave," McInnis said.

With the boarding pass in hand, Semaj walked through a TSA security checkpoint, no questions asked. Only adult passengers, 18 and older, are required to carry picture identification, said TSA spokeswoman Jennifer Marty-Peppin.

She said there was no security breach: Making sure customers get on the right plane is the airline's problem.

Once in San Antonio, Semaj tried to board a third plane bound for Dallas, but Southwest employees stopped him at the gate when he couldn't produce a proper boarding pass or provide correct information, said David Hebert, a spokesman for San Antonio International Airport.

Southwest staffers initially thought the boy was lost, but when they realized he was lying, they called airport police.

After he again gave false information about his age, name and where he had come from, he was taken to the San Antonio police station. There, officers found he fit the description of a missing-person report his mother had filed with Lakewood police.

Semaj was temporarily placed in a boys' home and registered as a runaway.

He was charged Wednesday in Pierce County with car theft and attempting to elude police, both felonies, and driving without a license. But he likely won't be prosecuted.

Wist opted not to issue an arrest warrant, saying he needs more information about the mother's decision to move back to Texas.

Sakinah Booker told The News Tribune that her son doesn't like the neighborhood and is afraid of a sex offender who lives nearby. "He does not like it at all," she said.

She said she hoped to move her four sons back to Dallas soon.

"It may very well be that he is where he wants to be," Wist said. "And with a follow-through on the move, that might be the best thing to happen right now."

01-19-2007, 04:00 AM
whoop that ass and send him to his room

01-19-2007, 04:02 AM
if he was white abc family would put out a movie based on his story next week

01-19-2007, 04:03 AM
i need this little man on my team... think of the possibilities. $$$$$$$

01-19-2007, 04:05 AM
this is so fuckin rad on so many levels.

01-19-2007, 04:19 AM
smart kid

fat ralphy
01-19-2007, 04:24 AM
damn...police chase till he blows out an engine...savage

01-19-2007, 04:25 AM
damn kid would make a sick writer, lil nigga is a fucking ninja, i bet alqueda wants to recruit him to train the insurgents lol.

01-19-2007, 04:39 AM

01-19-2007, 04:40 AM
all i gotta say is dope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01-19-2007, 04:54 AM

Bob Murphy:frum up above
01-19-2007, 05:12 AM
Airline spokeswoman Marilee McInnis said Semaj approached the Southwest ticket counter Monday morning. He said he had lost his boarding pass and his mother was already in the boarding area.

Thats what the homie Culkin did in Holm Alone part Two.

After School Special
01-19-2007, 05:31 AM
That's crazy driving at 80-90 at 9 years old without crashing.

I fucking sucked when I 1st started driving, and I was 15/16.

Would have been awesome if he made it back home.

Good thing I couldn't bring my water and books on the plane when I flew, I mean, they are obviously doing everything possible to keep us safe.

saint seiya
01-19-2007, 05:47 AM
my nigga is the real deal not like that bitch mckauly

Bob Murphy:frum up above
01-19-2007, 05:50 AM
my nigga is the real deal not like that bitch mckauly

Anytbody hATING ON Culkin is a bitch. If he was Black you wouldnt have said that.

01-19-2007, 05:52 AM
U.S. government needs to recruit this kid before the towel headed people do..

01-19-2007, 05:56 AM
Do you think his name spells James backwards on purpose?

01-19-2007, 06:01 AM
just another nigger hopping planes

01-19-2007, 06:30 AM
^you're the nigger, nigger

01-19-2007, 06:48 AM
ooooh....you said the n-word

01-19-2007, 07:02 AM
so sick!!!!! I LOVE THIS KID

01-19-2007, 07:06 AM
^you're the nigger, nigger

what i meant was nigger with aids.

Dick Quickwood
01-19-2007, 08:35 AM
hahah i guess the kid inherited it

01-19-2007, 09:31 AM

01-19-2007, 09:38 AM

tango 24
01-19-2007, 01:43 PM
an inspiration to us all
at nine i was sitting at home playing with power rangers and watching TMNT

01-19-2007, 03:28 PM
Tragic, absolutely tragic...

This kid should be appluaded for exploiting security breaches, not arrested. He's my new hero.

edit: needed a comma

01-19-2007, 04:39 PM
my man is taking 5-0 on high speed car chases at 9 years, shittin on the TSA and homeland security, someone pour this kid a shot and roll him a dutch up.

01-19-2007, 05:02 PM
wonder what he will be doing when hes older ... dope though

Harvey Wallbanger
01-19-2007, 11:49 PM
"Sakinah Booker told The News Tribune that her son doesn't like the neighborhood and is afraid of a sex offender who lives nearby."


Harvey Wallbanger
01-19-2007, 11:50 PM
PS- this kid is fucking awesome.

01-19-2007, 11:50 PM
kids these days are smart as fuck, i would not have thought of doing that when i was 9yrs old. props to the lil punk

dugged outsince dugscouts
01-20-2007, 12:01 AM
Do you think his name spells James backwards on purpose?

hahah nice

01-20-2007, 12:10 AM
did he bring any snakes on board'?

vacuum cleaner
01-20-2007, 01:05 AM
man, that kid is made of win. he has more skills at 9... than most people have in their entire life. and his name is james backwards. gawdamn!

01-20-2007, 01:43 AM
lil dude is smarter than me

01-20-2007, 01:45 AM
he should make a rap song about it.

stay dipped in sauce
01-20-2007, 01:58 AM
that kid is a straight genious no joke

01-20-2007, 05:06 AM
haha fucking good story.. a true current event

park view crips
01-20-2007, 10:05 PM
damn this kid needs to be in my crew. he is on par with what we do.

01-21-2007, 08:04 AM
What a story.
Getting the idea from a movie was a smart thing to do.
But props to him for making it so far.

01-21-2007, 08:32 AM
Kid's gonna be running an empire by the time he's 20.

Big Narnia Loc
01-21-2007, 01:43 PM
niggaz be havin them PHDs