Texas Man Carving Pumpkins With Daughter Stabs Home Intruder

A pumpkin and a knife

A Dallas-area man carving jack-o-lanterns for Halloween with his 7-year-old daughter stabbed a fleeing carjacking suspect with a knife after he broke into their home and held down the intruder until police arrived, authorities said on Oct. 28.

The suspect stole a car from a nearby gas station on the evening of Oct. 27, crashed it and then ran into a neighborhood to try to elude officers, police in the Dallas suburb of Arlington said.

Brian Hackney told the local NBC TV affiliate he was carving pumpkins with his daughter when the carjacking suspect ran into his home and began rifling through his wife's purse.

Hackney said he had a knife readily in hand and confronted the intruder, stabbing him in the back. A neighbor called the 911 emergency line while Hackney held down the intruder until police arrived.

"I just went into protection mode," Hackney told the television station. "Ladies say 'mama bear,' but it was 'papa bear' here."

The father and daughter were not injured in the incident. The suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said. Police did not identify the suspect or say what charges he faces.

(Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza; Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Will Dunham) Photo credit: Rob Larsen/Flickr

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