Texas mom says she punched robber, ran over him to protect children

A Texas mother says she threw an armed robber out of her van and ran over him after he threatened two of her children.

Dorothy Baker, of Baytown, said she was driving with her 2-year-old and 5-year-old sons when a man popped up from behind the third row of her van, demanding $200 in cash, KHOU reports.

Baker said she only had $20 in her bank account, and the man, later identified by police as 53-year-old Ismael Martinez, threatened to hurt her kids if she didn't get the full $200.

After ignoring Martinez's request to make a turn, Baker said he lunged at her with a knife.

While she was still driving, Baker was able to knock the knife out of his hand and pushed him to the passenger seat, according to the station.

“And I told him to get the hell out of my car,” Baker said. “And he said ‘fine.’ He got out and started running and the next thing I thought was if he gets away he can do this to somebody else.”

Baker said she then ran down Martinez with her van as he tried to get away. She believes Martinez, who is in stable condition at a hospital, got in her unlocked van during a stop at a Kroger food store.

No charges have been announced at this time.

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