Alan Gonzalez’s brave act made him a hero to law enforcement.
“Alan Gonzalez is a young man who intervened in an armed robbery gone bad where he was shot multiple times,” explained Eagle County detective Lieutenant Dan Loya. “We refer to him as Superman because even after he was shot, he continued to fight.”
Gonzalez said he was talking on the phone in a store when the robbery, involving two armed assailants, began. One of them pointed a pistol at him and demanded he give them money. He then began to fight the assailant to try and get the gun out of his hands.
“In that instant, I felt despair, courage, the power to think that it could have been my sister or my mother or any other person, my wife,” he stated. “He shoots me here in the hand. They shot my chest and my torso.”
Alan was an undocumented immigrant at the time of the robbery, so attempting to stop the act was putting his livelihood in danger in more ways than one. But, because of his cooperation and information, the assailants were apprehended and sentenced appropriately.
“Today, with the incredible tensions around immigration, many undocumented immigrants are afraid to come forward to police because they fear that drawing attention to themselves will mean that they will be deported,” said Human Rights Watches’ Sara Darehshori. “If we care about safety and criminal justice, we shouldn’t demonize immigrants.”