Texas Mom Gives Carjacker Lesson He'll Never Forget for Messing With Her Kids (VIDEO)

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mom who fought carjacker Dorothy Baker America, we have a new viral catchphrase thanks to the heroic Texas mother of two who tangled with a carjacker over the weekend and ended up running him over to protect her kids! The way Dorothy Baker Flugence tells it, the knife-wielding attacker "messed with the wrong witch."

That's one way of putting it. Or you could just say he got what was coming to him ...

If you've ever wondered what the difference is between a hero and a regular joe (or jane), I think this mom just gave us the answer: sometimes it's just circumstances.

According to the heroic mom's account to police, while she was shopping at a CVS with her two sons, ages 2 and 5, a guy cops have now identified as Ismael Martinez hid in her minivan. When she got back into the car, Martinez allegedly threatened her with a knife.

The two wrestled, and the mom had to think fast about how to save her kids. As she told ABC:

I thought, 'If you swerve and hit the pole, he's not wearing a seatbelt, he'll go through the windshield or at least hit his head, and you can stop him. You can do something to make sure that he doesn't hurt your kids.' That's all I was thinking of, really, was just to get him away from my kids.

After the initial encounter, Martinez apparently tried to run off, which is when it seems he was run over by mom's minivan, a move she says was accidental.

Whether it was an accident or an "accident" (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), I'm in awe of Dorothy Baker Flugence right about now.

Here she is with her two kids and no weapon up against a guy with a knife. She could have folded. She could have driven to an ATM, let the guy have all her money, let him have her car ... ANYTHING to just leave her and the kids alone.

That she didn't is the miracle here.

It's not something anyone could have planned for because, of course, no one plans to be carjacked. Even if we could map out what to do in case of a carjacking, the circumstances of every crime are different. Maybe your kids will be in the car. Maybe not. Maybe the attacker will have a knife. Maybe it will be a gun. Maybe they'll want money. Maybe they'll want your car.

This is the reality of heroism: it all comes down to the circumstances at hand and how you react to them.

Before this weekend, Dorothy Baker Flugence was just a regular jane with two kids who had to make a run to CVS.

After, she's a national hero with a new catchphrase making the rounds of the interwebs.

It all came down to circumstance ... and a woman with the guts to jump in with both feet when the time came. 

Watch this mom explain her harrowing ordeal:

 

What would you have done in her position?

 

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LostS... LostSoul88

Now if this was me. I would have made sure I locked my vehicle before leaving ti and I would have NOT fought. Fighting is what made him more violent and could have caused him to harm the child. 


Glad to hear she ran him down, bet he won't be car jacking anytime soon.... I hope he's paralyzed from the waste down. That would teach him a lesson. 

Sarah Beeson

yeah best move would have been to LOCK your car in the first place. But even so... reacting the way she did was actually really dangerous and she could have gotten herself or her kids killed. But I guess you do what you gotta do and adrenaline and love for your kids kind of takes over rational thoughts...Glad she got him t hough!

jkp-buff jkp-buff

Did the article say she didn't lock her car or is everyone just assuming?


Once, when I locked my keys in the car and had to call a locksmith, I was shocked at how easily it was to get in the car. He didn't even use any special tools. He literally just took a wood shim to the crack in the door, a little leverage and it popped right open. There are youtube videos where you can take a plunger to the keyhole and the suction makes the locks pop open. Once someone broke into my locked car and emptied out all my luggage in the less than 10 minutes it took me to walk into my apartment and return to the car for the next load. They had broken into all the locked cars in the garage in the hours before I got home.


A locked door means nothing.

Kathryn Skinner

God bless you honey!!! May you always have that instinct.You are a Mommy after my own heart!

Steve Baz Hill

Hindsight is always the way to go - except at the moment - you do what yoiu have to do - job done. Should have, could have, would have........

nonmember avatar jamie

Well, if it had been me, I have a concealed carry license and would have shot his ass. But thats just me.

Betty Verette McMurray

There are things missing in your retelling of this carjacking attempt.
1. Did she leave the kids in the car when she went into the store?  That seams to me the only way he could have been waiting for her when she got back in, otherwise, the moment she opened the door to put her children the van into their car seats, she could have ran away with them and avoided all this.
Leaving your children in a vehicle alone, is child endangerment.  Especially in TX where the current temperatures have been avg. in the 90's..
Even if she get no charges for hitting the assailant, she should be turned into CPS for her carelessness of leaving the kids.
Asside from dangers from other peope, it doesn't take long in the heat for a child to die when left in a vehicle.
Glad she and the boys are OK, but "Shame On Her!"


 

nonmember avatar flamingpie67

I would have run over him by 'accident' twice....

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