It’s said that moms have a primal instinct to protect their babies, regardless of the danger they may face. For Phyllis Pena, that definitely seems to be the case!
Phyllis was recently coming home from the store around 7 a.m. when she noticed a man in her yard peering into her house — right where her 15-year-old daughter was. The stranger saw her and ran as she immediately called the police. Once the cops arrived, the two of them crossed paths again, only this time, Phyllis did not let him get away.
Police dash cam footage shows Phyllis standing on the sidewalk in front of the car. Suddenly, she steps into the street with a firm stance, like she is ready to ground her feet for impact. Then, someone dressed in dark clothing runs by her, and Phyllis leaps, wrapping her arms around him and tackling him to the ground.
Even though Phyllis looked like she was ready to take him down, it all happened so fast that she didn’t have time to overthink her actions.
“First instinct was just to make sure he didn’t go any further,” the mom said later. “My kids are my life and [I’m] just making sure I protect them.”
As it turns out, the Peeping Tom was a 19-year-old named Zane Hawkins. When police initially arrived at the scene, they were able to track him down, but he started running on foot to resist arrest. Phyllis could have sat back and let the officials handle the situation, but when she thought he might get away, she couldn’t help literally jumping into action.
Sgt. Roy Welch, one of the officers at the scene, was genuinely impressed with Phyllis’ tackling skills. “It’s not very often that we have somebody that actually steps in, puts themself in harm’s way to assist in apprehending somebody,” he said.
After the takedown, Welch gave Phyllis a fist bump and joked, “I heard the Texans are looking for a new linebacker.”
Honestly, the Texans would be lucky to have her! Check out her mama bear tackle in the video below, and be sure to share this story with your friends.
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