In the wee hours of January 31, Phyllis Pena demonstrated the incredible lengths a mother can go to protect her children. When she returned home to Lake Jackson, Texas, and saw a man looking through her 15-year-old daughter’s window, she took immediate action.
Pena spotted the man, later identified as Zane Hawkins, and called police. While waiting for authorities to arrive, Hawkins attempted to run away, but Pena wasn’t going to let him get away.
The dramatic moment was captured on an officer’s dash cam as Pena tackled Hawkins, stopping him from fleeing. Sgt. Roy Welch noted Pena’s courage: “It’s not very often that someone steps up and puts themselves in danger to help apprehend someone. »
Despite the potential danger to herself, Pena’s maternal instinct kicked in. She stressed the importance of protecting her children, saying: “My children are my life, and I just make sure I protect them. »
Hawkins was arrested and faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest and resisting arrest. Pena’s quick thinking and courage helped keep her daughter safe, and her actions demonstrate the lengths a mother can go to protect her children.