Littlefield Police said a man with a gun and a concealed carry permit was able to stop a violent carjacking Thursday afternoon.
Police arrested Ruben Garcia Lopez, 25, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault, terroristic threat and resisting arrest.
Littlefield Police were called to the 900 block of West 4th Street Thursday afternoon.
A police statement said, “A male subject was armed with a knife [and] was assaulting a female and trying to take her car.” Police said Lopez also assaulted the woman’s boyfriend. Her kids were in the car.
Police quoted Lopez as saying, “This was his (expletive) car”.
“Even though she was being assaulted; the woman was trying to get her kids out of the car,” police said.
“A neighbor arrived at his home, saw the attack in progress, and armed himself with his handgun. He has a concealed handgun permit,” police said. “He came to the aid of the victims and pointed his weapon at the attacker.”
Lopez then moved away from the car and went across the street.
When police arrived, “… the attacker dropped the knife and attacked the officer.”
The officer was able to arrest Lopez and there was no mention of injuries in the police statement.