This is the dramatic moment an angry mother tackled a man to the ground after she says she saw him peeping in her 15-year-old daughter’s window.
Phyllis Pena was caught on police dashcam footage performing the sensational takedown in Lake Jackson, Texas, after allegedly spotting a peeping tom trying to spy on her daughter.
The footage shows Pena grab the man – identified by police as 19-year-old Zane Hawkins – and throw him to the ground as he tried to flee from the cops.
She claims she returned home from a store at 7am on January 31 and found the suspect allegedly standing in her yard peeking into the window of her daughter’s bedroom.
Her daughter was not in her room at the time, Pena said, and explained how she called the cops after the man, who police believe was Hawkins, panicked and fled the scene.
Phyllis Pena tackled the suspect outside her houe (Picture: NBC News)
Phyllis Pena, from Lake Jackson, Texas, said she acted on instinct (Picture: NBC News)
Lake Jackson Police officers found Hawkins nearby but say he took off and ran straight into the path of Pena – who was standing on her front lawn, reports NBC News.
The footage shows Pena running into the road and tackling the suspect to the ground to make sure he didn’t get away.
Speaking to KPRC Pena said: ‘My kids are my life, and just making sure I protect them.
‘I figured the least I could do is get him down, trip him down or whatever, they would have a chance to get caught up.
‘First instinct was to make sure he couldn’t get any further.’
Hawkins was taken into custody after being tackled by Pena, according to a news release from the Lake Jackson Police Department.
He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, evading arrest and resisting arrest.
Zane Hawkins, 19, was arrested by police at the scene (Picture: Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office)
Lake Jackson police sergeant Roy Welch said: ‘It was a pretty good tackle.
‘It’s not very often that we have somebody that actually steps in, puts themselves in harm’s way to assist in apprehending somebody.’
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