New Mexico high school wrestler thwarts kidnapping, pins violent suspect inside convenience store

by Bryan Brammer · Mar 27th, 2020 11:26 am

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Last Updated Mar 27th, 2020 at 12:07 pm

A New Mexico high school wrestler delivered his best performance Wednesday after stopping an alleged kidnapping by pinning the suspect inside a convenience store, according to local witnesses.

Canaan Bower, 16, was filling his truck at a gas station in Doña Ana, New Mexico, when he noticed a struggle across the street.

"Punches were being thrown and [he could hear] screams of terror, so he jumped in his truck and went across the street," the boy's father, Troy Bowers, said. "By the time he got there, they had gone inside [the convenience store] and so he got out of his truck and went inside — and there was a whole bunch of blood all over the floor."

After Bower saw a man trying to kick down an employees-only door, he put his high school wrestling talent to good use.

"So my son — who just won the wrestling district championship weeks ago — just came up behind this guy and body-slammed him and got him in a chokehold and waited for the police to show up," Troy Bower said.

The suspect, a 22-year-old man from Phoenix, Arizona, had approached a woman and her three young children at a bus stop near the station. He grabbed the arm of the 2-year-old and told the mother to give him the children.

The mother kicked the suspect, and he responded by punching her in the head. The suspect also assaulted bystanders trying to intervene. The mother eventually went inside the convenience store with her children and hid in the employees-only room just before Bower arrived to put the suspect into submission.

The assailant was charged with four counts of battery, two counts of assault, two counts of child abuse, and one count of kidnapping.


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