Police: Concealed carry holder stops attempted carjacking in Littlefield

Littlefield man charged with carjacking

LITTLEFIELD, TX (KCBD) - Ruben Garcia Lopez, a 25-year-old Littlefield resident, has been arrested, charged with attempting to hijack a car and assaulting a woman and a police officer.

Littlefield police were called to the 900 block of West 4th Street after it was reported a man was armed with a knife was assaulting a woman while trying to take her car, according to a Littlefield PD news release.

It was reported that Lopez confronted the female victim on her property as she and her boyfriend were trying to load the car to go somewhere else. Lopez told the couple that was his car and then assaulted both the man and the woman.

The woman tried to get her children out of the car during the assault, according to Littlefield PD.

A neighbor saw the attack as he was coming home. He armed himself and pointed the weapon at the attacker. The neighbor was reported to have a concealed handgun permit.

Lopez verbally attacked the neighbor but moved away from the victims and walked across the street.

As an officer with Littlefield PD came to the scene Lopez dropped his knife and began to attack the officer. The officer was able to subdue Lopez and then arrest him.

Lopez was taken to the Lamb Healthcare Center and was given medical clearance, then taken to the Lamb County Jail. He was booked and has since been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing bodily harm, terroristic threat and resisting arrest.

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