Indianapolis Teen Subdues Alleged Car Thief With Jiu-Jitsu Moves In Viral Surveillance Video

A dramatic surveillance video from the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu gym in Indianapolis has gone viral, showing an 18-year-old employee using his martial arts skills to subdue 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 camera taking down and choking out the alleged thief in a swift and effective manner.

The incident occurred on Monday when Archer, who was working at the gym, noticed a man looking into the cars in the parking lot. According to gym owner Ian Pomfret, when Archer approached the man at the front door, he was allegedly attacked. However, Archer’s martial arts training allowed him to react quickly and decisively.

“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 explained in an Instagram post, where he shared the surveillance footage.

The video, which has garnered more than 13,000 likes on Instagram and has been featured on local news outlets, 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, offered a different perspective. 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.

Pomfret used the incident to emphasize 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.” He encouraged parents to enroll themselves or their children in jiu-jitsu classes immediately, noting that one never knows what could happen tomorrow.

Archer’s Instagram account features a biblical scripture quote from the book of John, and he added, “Jesus is king.” The incident has sparked discussions about the value of self-defense training and the potential for misunderstandings to escalate into dangerous situations.