This mom tackled the man accused of peeping into her daughter’s bedroom
KPRC 2 News

A Texas mom is going viral for tackling the man accused of peeking into her daughter's bedroom window.

When Phyllis Pena found a man in her yard early one morning, allegedly peeking into her daughter's window, she called the police.

The man took off on foot, leading officers on a chase that ultimately brought them back to Pena's home.

When she saw him again, Pena sprang into action. She tackled the 19-year-old man, bringing him to the ground. The takedown was caught on the police's dashcam.


"First instinct was just to make sure he didn't go any further," Pena told KPRC 2 News.

Police later identified him as 19-year-old Zane Hawkins. He was booked into jail and is facing several charges.

"The cop fist-bumped me and he was like, 'Hey, so I heard the Texans are looking for a new linebacker,'" Pena said.

Her mama bear instincts have earned Pena praise from people around the world.

"Boom 💥 Some body sign this woman up!! She has MAD TACKLING SKILLS!! 🤣," tweeted one supporter, who also implored the Dallas Cowboys to draft her next year.

"Mama Bear don't play!" added another.

Another person commented, "Moms can turn into dangerous beasts, at a moment's notice."

We don't condone violence but we definitely appreciate Pena's ability to defend her family.

"My kids are my life and just making sure I protect them," Pena told KPRC 2 News.

We absolutely get that. Well done, mama.

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