T.P. Brown, Jr., had no idea how God would answer his prayers last Friday morning when he asked the Lord to put him in a position to “help other people,” but the results are pretty incredible.
“My prayer this morning was for God to show up for me and put me in an impactful position to help other people,” Brown told KATU-TV. “Not knowing the impact that He was going to put me in today.”
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Just a little while later, the Lord mightily answered that prayer.
In fact, Brown’s quick-thinking actions helped catch a man who allegedly stole a car last Friday in Portland, Oregon. And it wasn’t just any vehicle. A 3-year-old little boy was still in the backseat, creating a scenario that can only be described as a parent’s worst nightmare.
The scary situation reportedly unfolded when the suspect hopped in a family’s running car and ran off with it. The boy’s father, who was nearby, got in another vehicle and started chasing the culprit down, according to KPTV-TV.
The dad intentionally hit the car to stop it and reportedly began battling with the accused. That’s when Brown, sitting at a red light, heard what happened, saw the suspect flee, and decided to get involved.
“I saw him crossing the street. I know this was a dead end. The only option was to climb the fence or go through the fence,” he said. I immediately floored it, pinned him against the fence. I asked him not to move until the police came here. At that point, he wanted to continue to climb the fence.”
Brown got out of the car and physically detained the man until authorities arrived on the scene. Others, including an Amazon delivery man, joined in helping keep the suspect contained until cops came.
Brown said he’s grateful the situation ended in such a positive way.
“We could be looking for a missing child right now,” he said. “I don’t consider myself a hero, just another citizen called to do in that moment and that time.”
The toddler wasn’t injured in the incident. Brown said he hopes to meet with the family at some point in the future.
Portland Police said Saturday that Justin Hill, 40, faces several charges, including kidnapping in the second degree and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to KGW-TV.
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