New Mexico: Teen Wrestling Champ Tackles Wannabe Kidnapper

This is a story to bring a smile to your face.

Obviously ignoring admonitions about safe distancing, a teenage wrestling champion body-slammed and pinned a man attempting to kidnap children in what had to be a bizarre scene at a Las Cruces gas station.   Thanks to ‘meanymom’ for spotting the story from last week.

From KOB-4 News:

Deputies: Teen wrestling champ stops kidnapping of children

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 16-year-old wrestling champion helped stop a kidnapping and assault near Las Cruces, New Mexico, by pinning a man to the ground until deputies arrived, authorities said.

Canaan Bower won the District 3-5A championship in the 285-pound (129-kilogram) heavyweight division on Feb. 16

Mayfield High School student Canaan Bower was being lauded as a hero after controlling suspect Daniel Arroyo Beltran, 22, of Phoenix.

Dona Ana County deputies arrested Beltran Wednesday after witnesses told authorities he tried to kidnap three children at a gas station.

The mother told authorities that she got off at a bus stop with her children, ages 9, 2 and 1, and was waiting for an Uber driver to arrive when a man grabbed her 2-year-old child and demanded the woman turn over her children.

Witnesses told authorities the man punched the woman and others who tried to intervene before the woman was able to rush inside the store with her children. Witnesses said the attacker followed, continuing his demands.

“Punches were being thrown and (he could hear) screams of terror, so he jumped in his truck and went across the street,” Canaan Bower’s dad Troy Bower told the Las Cruces Sun-News. “By the time he got there, they had gone inside and so he got out of his truck and went inside.”

Daniel Arroyo Beltran doesn’t look like he weighs more than a hundred pounds wet!

Troy Bower added that his son told him he body-slammed the man and got him in a chokehold until deputies arrived.

Canaan Bower won the District 3-5A championship in the 285-pound (129-kilogram) heavyweight division on Feb. 16, and later competed at the state tournament.

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There’s no indication in police reports that the man knew the mother or her children.

Beltran was charged with battery, assault, child abuse and kidnapping and remained jailed Friday.

 

6 thoughts on “New Mexico: Teen Wrestling Champ Tackles Wannabe Kidnapper

    1. Of course I wondered about that, but local police and local media don’t seem to ever want to reveal that info. Gee, I wonder why!

  1. Recently footage surfaced of a woman car jacked and kidnapped near the border and not seen since. Trading in the sex slave industry is a genuine business model especially south of the border and those of us just this side are at risk.

    1. Yes, a very good possibility, children probably bring especially good financial returns. We will probably never know because the case will simply disappear unless some local reporter takes a serious interest. Wouldn’t it be great if citizen journalists who live in the community where a crime like this happens would follow the case and report on how it progresses. Anyone in New Mexico willing to do that?

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