A Texas mother, determined to protect her children, scared off an alleged carjacker and forced him to flee her minivan. In the process, the woman ran him over, although she explains it was not on purpose.
The incident occurred on Friday when Dorothy Baker and her two young children, ages 2 and 5, were shopping at CVS Pharmacy in Baytown, Texas. A man, identified as Ismael Martinez, was allegedly hiding out in her unlocked van according to police.
When they returned to the vehicle, Baker said Martinez unexpectedly popped out of the back seat and threatened her children:
“(Martinez) said that if I didn’t want my kids to get hurt, that I would do exactly what he said.” Baker stated.
The 54 year-old woman said that Martinez pulled out a knife while she was driving and demanded she stop at an ATM to get money. When she refused, he got violent and threatened the kids.
The Texas mother said she fought back by refusing to follow his demands for the safety of her children. “I took my fist and I hit him in the face, and I told him to get out of my car,” Baker said.
Her husband, Charles Flugence, stated that she has a cut across the chest for trying to take the knife from him and also from Martinez attempting to bite her.
According to the Baytown Police Department report, Baker then drove her van into a telephone pole intentionally in an attempt to make Martinez fly out the windshield because he was not wearing a seat belt.
Houston’s ABC Station, KTRK-TV reported that the woman managed to call 911 in hopes that the operator would hear what was happening in the van. She told the TV station:
“I thought, ‘If you swerve and hit the pole, he’s not wearing a seat belt, he’ll go through the windshield or at least hit his head, and you can stop him. You can do something to make sure that he doesn’t hurt your kids. That’s all I was thinking of really, was just to get him away from my kids.”
Police said that Martinez ended up fleeing the van and that is when Baker ran him over. Martinez was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with serious injuries. He will face felony charges once he is discharged.
The Texas mother said that she is glad her family is safe:
“You don’t come after people with kids,” she said. “I told him he messed with the wrong witch.”
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