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Man prevents thief from driving off in his truck

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Shaul Ford was buying two Monster Energy drinks at the Shell gas station on Enterprise and College Street in Lake Charles on Friday when he heard his truck engine revving outside.

"About the time I heard it, I looked over and my truck started to move. I ran out the door and as he was going through the parking lot going to college street," said Ford. 

With quick thinking and even quicker actions, Ford jumped in the bed of the truck. With a shackle, he busted the window out, and hit the thief in the head. With another shackle, Ford cleared the broken glass, climbed through the window and into the cab.  

"By the time I got in the front seat, got it to stop and looked back to find where he's at - maybe he's on the ground unconscious or whatever - he was headed southbound toward Enterprise," said Ford. 

The perpetrator got away, but Ford said not without a fight. 

"When I hit him in the back of the head - even if he had a gun - it wasn't going to do him any good," he said.

Ford said he'll think twice about leaving his truck running. Even if only for a minute. 

"It's a place I feel comfortable at," Ford said. "I'm not worried about nothing happening... but it just goes to show that even the most comfortable of circumstances can be unexpected."

The Lake Charles Police Department is investigating the incident. They've named 51-year-old Rock Broussard, of Sulphur, as the suspect in the attempted theft.  

Lake Charles Police Corporal Larry Moss said the gas station's surveillance video clearly shows Broussard approaching and driving away in the vehicle.  

Anyone with information on Broussard's whereabouts is asked to contact the department at (337) 491-1311.

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