A Texas mother told a carjacker who held her family at knifepoint that he’d “messed with the wrong witch,” before she forced him out of her car and ran him over. Dorothy Baker-Flugence, of Baytown, Texas, denied intending to run over 54-year-old Ismael Martinez, telling news outlets she was merely acting to protect her two sons.
According to The Raw Story, Baker-Flugence was exiting a CVS with her two sons, 2 and 5, at approximately 1:15 p.m., when a middle-aged man armed with a knife jumped out at them from the back seat of their minivan and demanded $200. Martinez reportedly told Baker-Flugence to drive to multiple nearby ATMs, threatening that he would hurt her son if she didn’t comply with his demands.
"He popped up out of the back seat and said that if I didn't want my kids to get hurt, that I should do exactly what he said," Baker-Flugence told ABC News affiliate KTRK. Her decision to fight back ended with Martinez being airlifted to a Houston hospital with serious injuries. During the encounter, she said her only thought was to defend her helpless children and force Martinez out of the car.
“You don’t come after people with kids,” she said. “I told him he messed with the wrong witch.”
The brave mother wrestled with Martinez in the minivan, punching him in the mouth while also stealthily dialing 911. She then attempted to drive head-on into a pole, hoping that the force of the impact would send Martinez, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, out of the car.
“I thought, ‘If you swerve and hit the pole, he’s not wearing a seat belt, he’ll go through the windshield or at least hit his head, and you can stop him. You can do something to make sure that he doesn’t hurt your kids. That’s all I was thinking of really, was just to get him away from my kids,” Baker-Flugence said.
When that tactic didn’t work, she continued to pummel Martinez with her hands until he eventually jumped out of the car. Not content to let him escape unharmed, she stepped on the gas in hopes of clipping Martinez with the side of her car, accidentally running him over with the minivan, she told reporters.
Baytown police said that Martinez, who reportedly has served time for rape and burglary convictions, will face felony charges.
"She's my hero. I'll take her anywhere. I'll take her anywhere twice on Sunday," her husband, Charles, told KTRK. "She's a tough one. I wouldn't have it any other way."
See video below of Baker-Flugence’s interview.