LAKE JACKSON, TX – A mother in Lake Jackson, Texas was recently caught on a police officer’s dashcam video tackling the man accused of peering into her 15-year-old’s bedroom window.
The quick takedown performed by the teen girl’s mother even prompted a nearby officer to joke about the Texans needing a new linebacker.
WATCH: A dashcam video shows a Texas woman tackling a man accused of peeping in her daughter's window. https://t.co/0e9libAUe2
— WSMV News4 Nashville (@WSMV) February 12, 2021
The events preceding the on-camera tackle transpired on January 31st at approximately 7:00 a.m., when Phyllis Pena had just returned home from the store to see a man, later identified as 19-year-old Zane Hawkins, allegedly gazing into her teenage daughter’s bedroom window.
At the time of the purported gawking by the suspect, Pena stated that her daughter wasn’t inside of her bedroom.
Nonetheless, Pena called the police after the suspect had reportedly fled the area. Lake Jackson Police later spotted Hawkins, who reportedly matched the suspect’s description afforded by Pena.
Hawkins was alleged to have started running from police and was making his way toward Pena’s home as she was still standing outside.
It was at this point where video captured the suspect trying to run past Pena, where she gets in the suspect’s path, wrapping her arms around him, and bringing him to the ground.
When remarking on the ordeal, Pena stated the following:
“The first instinct was to make sure he didn’t get any further.”
The video of the takedown shows that shortly after Pena took the suspect to the ground, officers on the scene quickly assisted Pena with the suspect.
Pena says that one of the officers jokingly mentioned about how the Texans could use someone like her:
“The cop fist-bumped me and he was like, ‘Hey, so I heard the Texans are looking for a new linebacker.’”
Sergeant Roy Welch commented on the matter, noting that it’s “not very often” that citizens step in to help police literally take down fleeing suspects:
“It’s not very often that we have somebody that actually steps in, puts themself in harm’s way to assist in apprehending somebody.”
Apparently, Pena stated that her children know of the suspect, but don’t personally know him.
As for the suspect, Hawkins has since been booked on charges of evading arrest, resisting arrest, and possession of a controlled substance.
Officials have also mentioned that Hawkins could face more charges down the line, but no specificity on what those charges may be were mentioned.
We at Law Enforcement Today reported on another alleged “peeping tom” getting arrested back in September of 2020 – however, this suspect was the recipient of a little more than just a tackle.
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The suspect’s mugshot from the September arrest is pretty telling of what some of the nearby witnesses did to ensure that the suspect didn’t get away before police arrived to enact an arrest.
Here’s that previous report.
DUNCAN, SC – A man alleged to have engaged in what would be described as acting like a peeping tom, who also happens to be a convicted sex offender, had a relatively bad day on September 20th.
As having been accused of peering into the stall of a restroom where a 15-year-old girl was using the restroom, he was detained by a group of men so that police could apprehend the alleged pervert.
Registered sex offender accused of peeping at teen in Duncan Cracker Barrel restroom https://t.co/VucIJCtrAb
— Vincent E Davis (@vdavis114) September 22, 2020
And make no mistake – the results of said detaining by this group of men made for quite the booking photo for the man.
According to police, 53-year-old Douglas Lane was arrested for trying to peer into the restroom occupied by a 15-year-old girl within a South Carolina Cracker Barrel, among other charges.
Police have charged Lane with voyeurism, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Considering the charges against Lane, it’s with little surprise that the accused was convicted in 1996 for a very similar crime – namely a South Carolina conviction for secretly peeping into an occupied room.
If that weren’t enough, he was also arrested for the same offense in 2004 and 2008 in North Carolina (and the victims in those cases involved one person over 18 and two victims aged 8 and 9-years-old).
Basically, Lane has a history of looking at children in vulnerable states.
The victim informed police she was using the restroom when she had noticed that something was moving by her feet within the bathroom stall.
When the young girl went to see what was moving, she noticed a man looking at her from under the gap between the stalls.
Lane was said to have then fled from the restroom after having been discovered, pushing past patrons and even the victim’s father.
But this trip to the Cracker Barrel proved unfavorable for Lane – because his alleged act of looking at a young girl using the restroom wound up getting him a little worked-over by the group of men who stopped him before he could escape.
Images of not just his mugshot, but also the group of men surrounding him have cropped up online – with Lane sporting a bloodied face and shirt.
A group of men stopped this guy from getting away after Duncan, South Carolina police say a 15-year-old girl spotted him looking underneath the bathroom stall inside the Cracker Barrel on Sunday. Douglas Lane, of Mecklenberg County, is a registered sex-offender in North Carolina. pic.twitter.com/ASeLDKn0pe
— James hughes (@JamesHu94283365) September 21, 2020
While appearing in court on September 21st, Lane was given a $2,000 surety bond and will be monitored by GPS while on bail. His next scheduled court appearance in slated for November 12th.
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