Teenager Uses Jiu-Jitsu Skills To Subdue Alleged Car Thief In Dramatic Surveillance Video

An 18-year-old employee at the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu gym in Indianapolis has been praised for his quick thinking and martial arts skills after he subdued a man he suspected of trying to steal his car. Gavin Archer, who has years of training in mixed martial arts and jiu-jitsu, was caught on the gym’s surveillance video using his techniques to take down and choke out the alleged thief.

According to Ian Pomfret, the owner of the gym, Archer noticed a man looking into the cars in the parking lot while he was working on Monday. When Archer approached the man at the front door, he was allegedly attacked. However, thanks to his martial arts training, Archer was able to react swiftly and effectively.

“Due to [Gavin]’s years of martial arts & Jiu jitsu training, he was able to minimize the strikes that were being thrown at him by judo tossing the man to the ground, securing the man’s back, and choking him unconscious to eliminate the immediate threat of danger so he could call the police,” Pomfret wrote on Instagram, where he shared the dramatic surveillance footage.

The video, which has garnered more than 13,000 likes on Instagram, shows Archer skillfully dropping the man to the ground and choking him until he loses consciousness. Archer told WISH-TV that he plans to press charges against the man, who he claims has attacked someone before.

However, the man accused of trying to steal cars, identified as Andrew Wilkerson, told WISH-TV that the altercation was a misunderstanding. Wilkerson claimed he works at an auto body shop near the gym and was trying to get into a car that matched the description of a vehicle they had been hired to repair. He accused Archer of escalating the situation, which the teenager denies.

Regardless of who initiated the confrontation, Pomfret used the incident to highlight the importance of martial arts training, stating, “THIS is why Jiu Jitsu saves lives. Imagine if [Gavin] had no training at all when this man attacked him. He could be seriously hurt or dead.”

Pomfret encouraged parents to enroll themselves or their children in jiu-jitsu classes immediately, emphasizing that one never knows what could happen tomorrow. As for Archer, his Instagram account features a biblical scripture quote from the book of John, and he added, “Jesus is king.”