A suspect reportedly attempted to carjack a woman whose children were still in the vehicle, but a neighbor armed with a concealed carry permit and a firearm intervened.
What are the details?
According to KLBK-TV, Littlefield, Texas, police arrested Ruben Garcia Lopez, 25, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault, terroristic threat, and resisting arrest in connection with the attempted carjacking.
Police said Lopez, who was reportedly armed with a knife, approached a woman and her boyfriend on Thursday afternoon and attempted to carjack her car.
According to the news outlet, a statement from the Littlefield Police Department stated, "A male subject was armed with a knife [and] was assaulting a female and trying to take her car."
Despite purportedly being assaulted, the woman attempted to get her children out of the vehicle.
The department also said that Lopez reportedly assaulted the woman's boyfriend, according to KLBK.
KLBK reported that police quoted Lopez as saying, "This was his [expletive] car."
What about the neighbor?
That's when a neighbor got home and saw the alleged carjacking in progress. According to KLBK, the neighbor — who, the outlet reported, possesses a concealed carry permit — armed himself with a handgun and approached the suspect.
“He came to the aid of the victims and pointed his weapon at the attacker,” police said, according to the station. According to the report, Lopez backed off and crossed the street.
When police arrived on the scene, Lopez reportedly dropped the knife and proceeded to attack the officer.
Lopez was arrested and taken into custody. According to KLBK, there were no mention of injuries in the police statement.
WNEM-TV reported that Lopez, who is a Littlefield resident, was taken to a nearby medical facility and given medical clearance. From there, police transported Lopez to the Lamb County Jail.