Billings — Security at Rimrock Mall in Billings was a busy night on Friday. A fight broke out that led to the boy’s stabbing.
According to the victim’s family, he was a 13-year-old boy who was stabbed twice and taken to hospital. He stayed overnight on Friday and was released Saturday in stable condition.
The family explained that the suspect was arrested at the scene by Billings police and taken into police custody at a juvenile detention center.
According to a tweet posted by the Billings Police Department, a stabbing occurred at 6:19 p.m.
The victim is expected to make a full recovery, but it was a terrifying situation for all.
Christine and Logan Bonett were visiting Billings from Colstrip to buy each other a late Christmas present at the mall. I also brought my 3 month old daughter.
But what had been planned to be a fun night for the family soon turned into a fright.
“We said goodbye and kissed each other and then broke up because we were doing some more shopping,” Logan Bonett said Saturday. Suddenly you hear a loud commotion and objects being thrown. I turned around and saw a security guard tackling some children on the ground. He said, ‘I know what you did, you stabbed someone.'”
A moment of horror made worse by Bonet being separated.
When Logan Bonett heard security announce there had been a stabbing, he immediately called his wife.
“As soon as it happened, I called my wife. I was like, ‘Where are you?’ Because she had our little girl with her,” said Logan Bonnett. Go to her wife and her little daughter. Knowing they were alone made me even more scared. ”
Christine Bonett says she was shopping for Journey when she noticed a call from her husband.
“I was totally clueless. We just broke up and he called me and I was like, ‘Oh, he might need help with a Christmas present for me. replied, ‘Where are you?’ And I said, “I’m not going to tell you?” Christine Bohne explained on Saturday. Yeah, I’m at Journeys,’ and he said, ‘I’m coming to you now! ‘ And I knew something was wrong. ”
But by the time Christine hung up, her husband had found her.
“Literally, I hung up and turned around and he was right there,” said Christine Bonett. “It was so nice to have someone so close.”
Christine said she wanted to make sure the clerk was safe after their reunion.
“[The employees]looked like teenagers. So I was pretty sure it was my mother. They were really scared.”
Luckily, all mall employees and patrons were safe.
MTN News did not respond to a request for comment from Rimrock Mall on Saturday.
“I was in the same place as that and never thought something like this would happen to me. I couldn’t wrap my head around that it was a child,” said Christine Bonnett. And being a parent is a scary thing. ”