A pregnant woman bravely defended herself and her husband during a robbery attempt at a gas station in Houston. The incident unfolded on Tuesday, June 27, at the gas station located at 8605 Fulton Street, where the couple found themselves facing a dangerous situation.
According to the Houston Police Department (HPD), officers were dispatched to the gas station in response to a shooting. Upon arrival, they discovered a male and a female holding a suspect at gunpoint. The suspect was identified as Mario Ipina Duque and was found with multiple gunshot wounds.
The confrontation was captured by surveillance cameras, revealing the frightening sequence of events. Duque can be seen brandishing a weapon and pistol-whipping the male victim. However, both the male and female victims quickly responded by drawing their own firearms and firing shots at Duque, injuring him. As you watch carefully, the pregnant woman calmly goes into her purse and pulls out her gun to defend herself as well as her husband who had just been assaulted.
After neutralizing the threat, the courageous couple held Duque at gunpoint and promptly contacted emergency services by dialing 9-1-1. Houston Fire Department paramedics swiftly arrived at the scene and provided medical assistance to Duque before transporting him to a local hospital.
Law enforcement officials recovered the weapons used by the victims, who were detained at the scene. They are cooperating with the ongoing investigation, and their actions are being regarded as self-defense against a violent criminal.
In light of the incident, charges have been filed against Duque, who remains under HPD custody at the hospital. He is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
The bravery exhibited by the pregnant woman and her husband in the face of danger has garnered praise from the community. Their swift and decisive actions not only protected themselves but potentially prevented further harm to others in the vicinity.
The Houston Police Department is actively investigating the incident to gather additional evidence and ensure a thorough understanding of the events leading up to the robbery attempt. Authorities are urging anyone with information related to the case to come forward and assist in the investigation.