A tow truck driver is being hailed a hero by some after stopping a car full of thieves from breaking into a woman’s car in Oakland.
He stopped them by using his own truck to literally drive the suspects out.
It happened last week at a gas station near the Oakland Airport that has become notorious for car break-ins.
“No one should have to live in fear in America,” said tow truck driver Andy.
Surveillance video shows the tow truck takedown of multiple suspects reportedly attempting to rob a woman pumping gas at the Shell station on Hegenberger.
Andy is the man behind the wheel who admits to deliberately running into their car to prevent them from breaking into others.
He said it all started when he saw one of the masked suspects get out of the car with a gun.
“He starts coming up and I'm like ‘OK I’m going to use the first thing that I have available,’” said Andy. “So I end up pushing their car, getting her out of harm's way.”
he area is a hot spot for car break-ins with the gas stations averaging 15 break-ins a day.
According to police, the three suspects broke into one vehicle before Andy intervened.
But that’s not where it stops. Video from across the street shows the tow truck hitting the suspect’s SUV again, and one man tries to hop into the getaway car before getting run over by his own SUV.
The getaway car circles the gas station to pick up the injured suspect Andy chases them down the street. He explains his goal was to stop the SUV long enough for police to arrive.