VIDEO: High School Wrestler Takes Down Man Trying To Kidnap Children

Tom Gantert

Daniel Arroyo was arrested after 16-year-old Canaan Bower pinned him down and held him for the authorities.

Las Cruces, NM – A high school wrestler stopped a crazed man from kidnapping three children at a gas station in New Mexico on Wednesday (video below).

The incident began at about 9 a.m. on March 25 at the Chucky’s gas station when a woman got off a Greyhound bus with her three children, ages nine, two, and one, according to Las Cruces Sun News.

The woman said she was waiting for an Uber to arrive to pick them up when she noticed man staring at her family.

Surveillance video from outside Chucky’s showed the man – later identified as 22-year-old Daniel Arroyo – tried to take the children from their mother.

Arroyo grabbed hold of the two-year-old’s arm and told the mother to give him her child, the Las Cruces Sun News reported.

The mother kicked Arroyo and Arroyo the hit her in the head, causing her to fall back on top of her one-year-old son who was in a carrier strapped onto her back.

Two bystanders, a man and a woman, tried to intervene but could not stop Arroyo, the video showed.

Arroyo punched the man and tried to hit the woman, the Las Cruces Sun News reported.

The mother grabbed her children and rushed inside the store seeking safety, the surveillance showed.

But Arroyo was close on their heels.

A couple of people tried to hold the doors closed but Arroyo fought them hard, punching them in the face and head.

“Give me the kids,” Arroyo yelled, according to the Las Cruces News.

Police said it doesn’t appear that Arroyo knew the mother or the children he had targeted.

He rushed into the store after them and engaged in a fistfight with another customer who was trying to stop him, the video showed.

Arroyo might have succeeded in taking the children and seriously injuring more people if it weren’t for the bravery of a local high school wrestler, the Las Cruces News reported.

Canaan Bower, 16, was across the street putting gas in his truck when he saw the commotion at Chucky’s.

He bravely raced over to the store in his truck and went inside to help.

Bower took Arroyo to the ground and pinned him down, holding him there until Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrived to take the violent suspect into custody, the surveillance video showed.

Arroyo was arrested by Dona and charged with four counts of battery, two counts of assault, two counts of child abuse, and one count of kidnapping, according to the Las Cruces Sun News.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

Comments (63)
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Trueferblue
Trueferblue

That young man had bigger balls than those snowflake men who looked and left! HE is what a true hero looks like, not some kneeling entitled athelete!

Fknngas
Fknngas

One good guy with a gun could’ve ended it sooner and permanently. Great job by the young man but this p.o.s. Will be back on the street in a week if not sooner.

Propolice
Propolice

Wow, there are still some true heroes in the world. Thanks to the young man as well as the ladies who tried to help! Crazy World we live in so we must start helping each other.

Abraham1
Abraham1

A true hero. Bravo young man!

1galsal
1galsal

Kudos to that young man and his parents who raised him. Many blessings to you and yours.

CelticGyrl
CelticGyrl

Made his parents proud! Hell, I’m proud of him. I also love the clerk wracking at the pos with the wet floor sign and given him a few kicks!

vpassenheim
vpassenheim

Good for the young man, but I'd be lying if I didn't wish he'd bodyslam that POS and crack his skull lol. He better do some time!

Louise S
Louise S

All the other big guys there and no one else does anything? That's messed up.

navajowinds99
navajowinds99

Looks as if the deputy ask "you took him down by yourself ?" and he answered yes, and the deputy said you should get a medal for this; in fact I will see to it personally that they do.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

shortchick
shortchick

Oh my gosh. That was hard to watch and I had a ball in my stomach the whole time. I know he will, but I wish that suspect would never be allowed out of jail. My kids are the reason I carry. How terrifying.

Pacho
Pacho

Two others big guys just watch like scare old womans...

GSDLUVVA1
GSDLUVVA1

KUDOS Canaan Bower!!! I am soooo proud to see that wrestling is STILL being allowed "taught" in high school, and young men ARE still enjoying the sport!! And congrats to Canaan Bower's parent's AND couches!! You all are instilling great qualities in thia young man!! THIS is how / what OUR next generation should be!! (imo) There is hope yet!!
Thank you again Canaan Bower for your bravery and for thinking outside the box and for "taking care of business"!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
😻

lolamae
lolamae

That young man deserves a medal

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Good job young man!!!!!!! Wish more adults were like you!!!!! The police cannot possibly be everywhere at the exact second they're needed. KUDOS!!!!!!

Jones24
Jones24

Your a hero kid! Great job!!

bluelinestrong
bluelinestrong

Great job for the young man. My issue is this whole time NO one seemed to call 911 until the kid stepped in. And boone there seemed to be practicing social distancing. I love when the woman came over and wacked the POS with the floor sign.
Now let see what the judge is god to do. Probably let him out saying they ganged up on him

Farticus
Farticus

Someone tell the guy in the yellow jacket it was commendable he tried to intervene, but next time don’t hold the doors closed trying to keep him INSIDE with his intended victims.
I was also wishing that the lady would have kicked him square in the jimmy rather than hit him in the head with the sign. Kudos to her for standing by with something Incase he broke free.

DR226
DR226

Great job young man! Wish you knew MMA you could've served a little justice this POS won't see in the criminal Justice system.

Dennis4601
Dennis4601

Just got my faith back in today’s youth. Good job kid💪

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I watched that video about three times. I laughed harder then when I watch a Jeff Dunham show on tv. That Blonde woman was a riot, after the HERO wrestler got the perp on the ground. Threatening him with the wet floor sign, the bottle of vino and just getting what little frustration she couldn't contain out of her and you know what, I don't blame her in the slightest and I actually feel she showed great restraint, considering.

nuccten
nuccten

This was in New Mexico - hard to believe no one was carrying! Assuming police were called immediately, response time was 6 minutes.

Ravenglacier
Ravenglacier

That young man is awesome and will go far. Overall this situation is a show of people helping people. They may not have been able to stop him but most tried. They all give me hope for the world.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Thank you young man for stepping in and taking this guy down. Too bad nobody was concealed carrying though, could have permanently taken care of this dirtbag!!

thansley330
thansley330

Thanks to God a real man showed up besides the Deputy. The boy deserves a medal from the City. I can't believe them cowardly men. That guy was nothing . Hero saved them kids who knows what that pos would have done.

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

This kid truly is a hero and I hope he receives some recognition. Sadly they're in liberal loving N.M and will support the poor p.o.s. confused kidnapping/assaulting suspect and will charge the hero with false imprisonment or some b.s. like that.

Wolfman2253
Wolfman2253

Bravo Zulu Young Man you have earned your seat in the Mead hall of Valhalla...

BLUsupporter
BLUsupporter

The man in the red hat who just stands there and watches a person trying to steal children is a coward of the highest order. I'm a woman, 5'4", 135 pounds and I can tell you I would have been on the perp like white on rice. Nobody's going to abuse an elderly person, a child or an animal in my presence without me trying to do SOMETHING.

Tpr365
Tpr365

Canaan Bower you are a hero. Today’s media plays up the negative in society instead of the thousands of good deeds done by ordinary citizens like this fine young man. Kudo’s to the clerk for getting a few kicks and whacks on the POS. Thank you for resisting evil.

dadow77
dadow77

Thank you Young Hero!! Also, props to the ladies too-they didn't back down!! It was painful watching this-my stomach was in knots waiting to see when the police would get there. Don't even want to imagine what would have happened had the Young Hero not been there!
Thank you Lord.

FM1
FM1

Can not allow these pieces of crap to try and take over our society.make examples out of thugs like this one.cut one of his ears off and that will give him something else to do by trying to get to the hospital before he bleeds out.take that ear let it dry out and sell it to a wet market in wuhan China. JGB

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

Good thing this young man winded out the suspect before officer chunkers got there, jesus christ

ACO1952
ACO1952

What a hero that young man is..he risked his life tackling that POS, and holding him down till SO's arrived.
Well done

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FlashCW41
FlashCW41

Awful in prologue, awesome in ending

cops-kid
cops-kid

That young man is my HERO !!! I think granny wanted him to get out of the way so she could “open that can of whoop ass”

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

GREAT JOB HE SHOULD JOIN THE POLICE ACEDEMY

NewHavenWilliam
NewHavenWilliam

So far I'm up to 4:10 and still NO police. They must be light on coverage there(?) Las Cruces is a fairly large place, no? My big question is why was Daniel Arroyo trying to get hold of those kids? If there's any reason beyond this young guy was affected by mental illness they need to know! ie: does he have a connection to sell them which is obviously a horrid thought and MUST be found out immediately.

NewHavenWilliam
NewHavenWilliam

Wow. 6:07 until the first police officer pulls up.

elrayoex
elrayoex

Canaan had him in side-control, he should have transitioned to an armbar and snapped in in two!

SeriouslySalty
SeriouslySalty

I wanted to punch guy in tan jacket, use your weight!!!!!! Anyway great job by the kid. Just jumped into action great job, parents should be proud as well.

Brucefer
Brucefer

What a fine young man that 16 year old is. My hats off to the ladies standing up to that P.O.S. would-be kidnapper. They all deserve a badge of courage to say the least. When that scumbag Arroyo gets released, I hope there's an entourage of parents waiting to kick the shit out of him. ROT IN HELL ARROYO


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