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.
"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," Canaan Bower's dad said. https://t.co/JiyGzFNyJx
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) March 27, 2020
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 the body slam, Canaan Bower threw the suspect in a chokehold until police arrived. https://t.co/Yxx1ltOGZA
— WTVG 13abc (@13abc) March 28, 2020
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.
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.
Great job by Mayfield High School wrestling champion Canaan Bower, 16, who wrestled an alleged kidnapper to the ground and held him there until sheriff's deputies arrived.https://t.co/WK6m3U3eYN https://t.co/dLQXC5vfRU via @CrucesSunNews
— NWHOF (@NWHOF) March 27, 2020
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.”
LOCAL HERO: 16-Year-Old Canaan Bower is a standout wrestler at Mayfield High (Las Cruces, NM). When he heard shouting at a gas station last week, he had no idea his wrestling talent would help thwart a potential kidnapping!
— Nate Ryan (@nateryansports) March 30, 2020
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:
A man in New Mexico tried to kidnap 3 kids. A 16 year old named Canaan Bower jumped into action from across the street when he saw what was happening and took the man down until police arrived. This is what men are supposed to do. The courage he has at 16 gives me hope. pic.twitter.com/2UlOHBwkkx
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) March 29, 2020
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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