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Texas mom tackles man accused of peeking in daughter’s bedroom

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Posted at 11:24 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 12:24:35-05

LAKE JACKSON, TX — Don't mess with a Texan mother and her children. A man recently learned that firsthand.

A Lake Jackson mom tackled a suspect accused of peeping through her daughter's window.

"I figured at least I could do, if I got him down, tripped him up, whatever, then they'd have a chance to get caught up," said Phyllis Pena. "First instinct was just to make sure he didn't go any further."

The take down was captured on police dash cam where the mom tackled a man she says was trying to look into her 15-year-old daughter's bedroom window early on a Sunday morning.

"My kids are my life and just making sure I protect them pretty much," Pena said.

Lake Jackson Police Sgt. Roy Welch also gave her some credit.

"It was a pretty good tackle," said Sgt. Welch.

Police said the suspect, 19-year-old Zane Hawkins, was found nearby, but he tried to get away.

They say he started running back towards the Lake Jackson mom, who moved in and made the tackle.

Her daughter helped hold down the suspect until officers caught up.

"It's not very often that we have somebody that actually steps in, puts themself in harm's way to assist in apprehending somebody," Sgt. Welch said.

"The cop fist bumped me and he was like, 'hey, so I heard the Texans are looking for a new linebacker,'" Pena said laughing.

While she can laugh about it now, Phyllis was in mom-mode at the time saying she just wanted to protect her kids.

Hawkins was booked into jail.

He's facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest, resisting arrest and possibly more.