Posted: Jan 7, 2013 5:42 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2013 10:13 PM
McALLEN - A teenager refused to become a victim of crime. He confronted his attacker and held him for authorities.
The incident happened at about 10 a.m. on New Year's Day at a parking lot on Jackson Road in McAllen.
"I parked right here," Isaac Vargas, 19, said.
Vargas said the suspect parked next to him.
"He comes to my passenger window and asks for the time. ... I gave him the time, and he says ‘thank you' and walks away," Vargas said.
Vargas said he was waiting for his shift to start at Best Buy. He was about to get out of his car when the same man approached again.
"He asked me for the expressway name, so I gave it to him. He asks for directions and I tell him to exit Jackson ... and he pulls out a gun right here in my face," Vargas said.
Vargas said he noticed the gun was not loaded because the chamber was open.
"He opens the door and comes in ... starts pushing me aside," Vargas said.
The teen pushed back and began fighting with the suspect.
Vargas suffered a few scrapes and bruises. The suspect suffered more injuries.
A witness called 911.
Officers arrived and arrested Elias Adan Quintana, 20. McAllen police said Quintana gave them a false name during the arrest.
Police charged Quintana with aggravated robbery, unlawfully carrying a weapon, possession of marijuana, failure to identify and tampering with governmental records.
Luis Vargas, the intended victim's father, got a call from police right after Quintana's arrest.
"I knew it could have gone the other way," the elder Vargas said.
"He seems like a little kid, but he's very, very strong," the proud father said.