A police dash camera video shows a mom tackling a suspect accused of peeping into her 15-year-old daughter’s bedroom window.
“First instinct was just to make sure he didn’t go any further,” Phyllis Pena told local news station WTHR.
Per the report, at around 7am on Jan. 31, the woman said she came home from the grocery store to find a hooded man looking into her daughter’s window in Lake Jackson, Texas. Her daughter wasn’t home at the time, so Pena called the police.
Officers found the man, later identified as 19-year-old Zane Hawkins, after he attempted to get away. But it was Pena who got him to stay put.
The video shows Pena tackling Hawkins to the ground. She makes eye contact with him and fully wraos herself around the man as she drives him to the ground. Pena’s daughter helped hold down the suspect until officers caught up.
“The cop fist-bumped me and he was like, ‘Hey, so I heard the Texans are looking for a new linebacker,'” Pena said to WTHR about the tackle.
Sgt. Roy Welch commended Pena, saying, “It’s not very often that somebody steps in and puts themselves in harm’s way to assist in aprehending somebody.”
Pena cited her motherly instinct. “My kids are my life and just making sure I protect them,” she said.
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