Des Moines, IA – A father with a gun stopped a fugitive from stealing his pickup truck with his 10-year-old son inside on Wednesday.
The incident occurred at about 5 a.m. on July 3 while Brad Ratkovich and his little boy were loading up their gear for a fishing trip, KCCI reported.
That’s when a strange man approached the truck in their driveway as if he wanted to get into it.
Logan Ratkovich, 10, said he was inside the truck when he saw the man later identified as Steven Six coming at him.
So he locked the truck’s doors, Logan told KCCI.
"He was walking exactly to me," the 10 year old said. "I locked the doors when he was just entering the driveway and my dad came from inside the garage and defended me with his gun."
Brad Ratkovich told KCCI that he saw what was happening as soon as he walked into his garage.
"He's kind of down low, goes to pull up, looks in [and] sees my son," Ratkovich said.
The he demonstrated for KCCI the manner in which he approached the interloper.
"I come around the corner without any hesitation from my Alien Gear Holster, pulled [my weapon], and told him to get on the ground,” Ratkovich explained.
He said that when Six saw his gun, he put his hands up and tried to convince Ratkovich that they knew each other.
"He's like, 'Hey, I'm Steve. Don’t you remember me? I'm Steve,'" Ratkovich told KCCI. "And I was like, 'Dude, I've never met you in my entire life.'"
Ratkovich said he ordered Six to get on the ground at gun point.
At first, Six complied with the order and got on the ground.
But then he got back up and even tried to make an escape while Ratkovich was waiting for police to arrive, KCCI reported.
Ratkovich said Six gave him a reason to shoot him several times.
The father used his cell phone to call the police, who responded within minutes, but he told KCCI that it felt like hours.
Responding officers recognized Six as a wanted fugitive.
Police said the suspect had a long criminal history and that, under the circumstances, Ratkovich had handled himself and the situation well.
"The privilege of carrying a handgun comes with a lot of responsibility," Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek said told KCCI. "That's where the police department always puts their emphasis and [Ratkovich] checked all the boxes."
Six was charged with attempted burglary.
Police said Six had been convicted of burglary in the past and walked away from a work release program before he was captured in Ratkovich’s driveway, KCCI reported.