Lake Jackson, TX – A Lake Jackson mother has gotten accolades from her local police department after she tackled a fleeing suspect who had been peeking in her daughter’s bedroom window (video below).
Phyllis Pena spotted the man looking in the window of her 15-year-old daughter’s bedroom at about 7 a.m. on Jan. 31 as she was returning from a trip to the store, KPRC reported.
The Peeping Tom – later identified as 19-year-old Zane Hawkins – fled when he was caught.
Pena called the police, KPRC reported.
Police arrived on the scene and found Hawkins hiding nearby.
He fled from the officers on foot and ran straight towards the angry mom who was waiting near the police car, KPRC reported.
The Lake Jackson police vehicle’s dashcam captured the action as Pena stepped in front of Hawkins and tackled him.
The video showed the mother taking the suspect to the ground and holding him there.
Then her daughter ran out and helped her mother hold on to the suspect until the officers caught up with him and took him into custody, KPRC reported.
The police told Pena they were impressed with her fast work.
“The cop fist-bumped me and he was like, ‘Hey, so I heard the Texans are looking for a new linebacker,’” Pena told KPRC.
Lake Jackson Police Sergeant Roy Welch said that the officers arrested Hawkins.
Sgt. Welch said he was booked into jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest, and resisting arrest, KPRC reported.
He also said Hawkins could be facing additional charges.
Sgt. Welch was impressed with Pena’s quick response and willingness to assist the officers, KPRC reported.
“It’s not very often that we have somebody that actually steps in, puts themself in harm’s way to assist in apprehending somebody,” the sergeant said.
Pena blew off the compliments and said it was her job as a mother.
“My kids are my life and [I was] just making sure I protect them,” she told KPRC.
Pena said her children were not acquainted with the suspect but knew of him.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: