A Texas carjacker learned the hard way last week that he messed with the wrong woman.
As ABC News reports, Ismael Martinez allegedly entered and hid out in the unlocked van of Dorothy Baker, intending to carjack her vehicle, when he got the surprise of his life.
Baker, who was with her two-year-old and five-year-old sons at the time, wasn’t having any of it.
Martinez reportedly “popped up out of the backseat” and threatened that if she didn’t want her kids to get hurt she would “do exactly what he said,” according to the Baytown woman.
With a knife to her body, Martinez allegedly ordered her to stop at a nearby bank machine and pull out cash. Baker flat out refused, allegedly causing the man to get violent.
Thinking of little more than the safety of her children, Baker fought back, grabbing the knife from her assailant.
According to her husband, Charles Fulgence, Baker received a “cut that goes across her chest” in the struggle, but didn’t let that stop her from the battle of her life.
“I took my fist and I hit him in the face, and I told him to get out of my car,” Baker told Good Morning America.
Thinking reactively, the mother crashed into a telephone pole with the intention of sending the carjacker through the windshield. In the process, she managed to dial 911 hoping that the dispatcher would be able to hear what was going on and trace her call to send help.
In the first good idea he’d entertained all day, police said Martinez escaped from the van and tried to run away. That’s when her second set of instincts kicked in.
Putting the car into gear, Baker slammed the vehicle into her fleeing attacker.
“I didn’t mean to run him over,” she said. “I was just trying to stop him so he didn’t hurt anybody else.”
Martinez is currently recovering from injuries in the hospital. After he’s discharged he’ll face felony charges.
Baker, on the other hand, may have to answer legally for her actions as well, but she’s got the support of her hometown – and most of the Internet, for that matter.
“Don’t mess with a Texan cause we don’t play that bs!” chimes one GMA commenter.
Duly noted. And duly admired.
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