High School wrestling champ takes down this violent kidnapper in convenience store


LAS CRUSES, NM – On March 25th, an attempted kidnapping was stopped dead in its tracks, thanks to the bravery of a 16-year-old high school student who intervened.

Video of the act of heroism shows the young man, who happens to be a high school wrestling champion, taking down the suspect and holding him until police arrived.

The incident took place at a Chucky’s Gas Station within Las Cruces, according to reports.

The kidnapping suspect, 22-year-old Daniel Arroyo Beltran, can be seen on video attempting to kidnap three kids right in front of their mother outside the gas station.

Patrons of the establishment began to get involved, helping separate Beltran from the children and trying to keep him from entering the store.

Video shows the suspect aggressively attacking any who got in his way. At one point, he can be seen striking a man who was trying to hold the door closed to the convenience store.

After several strikes to the patron’s head and face, one blow delivered shows that a spurt of blood ejected from the victim’s face.

Then appears Canaan Bower to put an end to the ongoing assaults within the store.

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Bower was apparently pumping gas across the street at a Circle K when he saw the commotion that had made its way into the convenience store of the gas station. He can be seen rushing inside where he took down Beltran, holding him down until an officer responded to arrest Beltran.

Troy Bower, the father of the heroic teen, stated the following about his son’s response that day:

“Punches were being thrown and (he could hear) screams of terror, so he jumped in his truck and went across the street. By the time he got there, they had gone inside and so he got out of his truck and went inside — and there was a whole bunch of blood all over the floor.”

Troy noted that his son witnessed mayhem ongoing, with a woman frantically calling for police and the suspect trying to kick in a door deemed for store employees:

“So, my son — who just won the wrestling district championship weeks ago — just came up behind this guy and body-slammed him and got him in a chokehold and waited for the police to show up.”

While the father is proud of his son for what he did, it didn’t negate the fact that he was horrified at what could have happened at the hands of the suspect.

The father explained that for all he knew, Beltran could have been carrying a weapon:

“You don’t know if this guy’s maybe got a gun or a knife — you don’t know what this guy’s capable of.

I’m sure other people saw what was going on and didn’t get involved. It’s very terrifying that your child put himself at risk but, at the same time, confident that he would do the right thing and succeed in doing it.”

We at Law Enforcement Today are very happy that the young Bower wasn’t hurt in the encounter.

While he may be young, we wouldn’t be against the idea of him pondering a career in law enforcement when he gets a little older. He certainly demonstrated the courage akin to one that day inside the convenience store.

Watch the incident captured on surveillance video here:

As for the suspect, Beltran was arrested by deputies from the Doña Ana County Sherriff’s Office and was charged with four counts of battery, two counts of assault, two counts of child abuse and one count of kidnapping.

We can’t showcase enough gratitude toward this young man and is deserving of any and all accolades he receives from his actions that day. A shining example of the hope present within our future generations.

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