A 16-year-old wrestling champion stopped a kidnapping and assault near Las Cruces, New Mexico, when he body slammed and pinned a 22 year old man to the ground until deputiespolice arrived.
Canaan Bower of Mayfield High School manhandled suspect Daniel Arroyo Beltran of Phoenix, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
The suspect was trying to kidnap three children at a gas station.
The mother was with her children, ages 9, 2 and 1, and was waiting for an Uber when the suspect grabbed her 2-year-old child and demanded the woman turn over her children.
He then punched the woman before the woman was able to run inside the store with her children. The suspect folowed her.
Canaan Bower’s dad Troy Bower said:
“Punches were being thrown and (he could hear) screams of terror, so he jumped in his truck and went across the street. By the time he got there, they had gone inside and so he got out of his truck and went inside.”
Cannaan then body-slammed the suspect and got him in a chokehold until deputies arrived.
Canaan Bower is a District 3-5A champion in the 285-pound (129-kilogram) heavyweight division.
The suspect was charged with battery, assault, child abuse and kidnapping.
Canaan’s mom stated on her facebook: