CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA — According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, a brave mom used a taco to distract a police impersonator who was threatening her family — and she then contacted 911 while stepping away to get him a napkin.
On this Taco Tuesday, authorities are celebrating the quick-thinking mom’s “taco tactics.”
Reportedly, the woman’s family of six — two parents and four kids — spent Monday afternoon at a water park before pulling over to a taco truck at 6:30 P.M. for dinner.As the family ate inside their parked minivan, a “dangerous stranger” reportedly approached the vehicle and said he was an “undercover cop.” He has since been identified as Juan Rodriguez, 38.
Rodriguez then allegedly flashed a phony badge and a very real gun tucked into his waistband, and he commenced “to intimidate and terrorize” the family.
The alert mother instinctively knew something was not right. She reportedly offered Rodriguez a carne asada taco, which he tore into, and said she’d go back to the truck to grab some napkins for him.
While the armed imposter chowed down, police say, the mom quietly asked for help at the taco truck, and 911 was called.When responders approached, Rodriguez allegedly tossed his gun inside the family’s minivan and attempted to get inside the vehicle. In a flash, though, officers were able to detain him.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department issued a press release praising the mom for her “taco tactics,” stating:
“We want to give a shout out to the brave mother whose momma bear instincts kicked in and she was able to deescalate the situation, plan a distraction, and found a way to get deputies to her location immediately.”
Rodriguez has been booked on suspicion of felony child endangerment, impersonating a peace officer, and outstanding warrants.
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Main photos: Juan Rodriguez [Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department]/Taco [Pixabay]