INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Officials say an Indianapolis man wrestled a gun away from an alleged robber Saturday.
According to IMPD, Carlos Pesquera was out buying food for his son. He strapped his son into his car seat in the parking lot of Spanish Oaks Apartments. Suddenly, he felt steel pressing against his neck and heard a man barking commands in his ear.
"Put your hands or your head," said the suspect according to police.
Without thinking Pesquera elbowed the suspect, and then he grabbed the gunman by his hair.
A wrestling matched followed, with Pesquera gaining the gun. Moments later, police found the suspect and arrested 20-year-old Andre Caldwell. He was later charged with armed robbery.
Police say victims fighting back happens more often than some may think, nationally.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice study, 22 percent of people fought that attacker back. That same study showed that 4 percent of those victims used a weapon to fight back with their suspect.
"I would fight back," said a man passing through the Marion County City County Building this afternoon. "I worked to hard for my property."
Despite that U.S. Department study, most Hoosiers surrender their items and comply with the suspect. In most cases IMPD recommends that victims give the suspects want they want.
However Pesquera was determined not to surrender to Caldwell with his toddler son in the backseat.
"I feel like any good parent would fight off their attacker to keep their kids safe," said Nathan Mesa resident.
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