When Andrew Sublett began his day Monday, he didn't expect anything out of the ordinary.


He took his children to school, did a few things around his Hesperia home and went to the bank on Main Street near Topaz Road. That's where everything changed.


"I was at the teller when I saw this guy beating up on this woman across the street," Sublett said. "It went on for almost 20 seconds, but she fought back. She was tough."


What Sublett didn't know was the attacker was a 16-year-old boy trying to carjack the woman.


Others outside the orthodontist's office in the Fresh & Easy shopping complex also noticed the scuffle.


During the pushing and pulling, the teen grabbed for the woman's keys and broke the key ring, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station officials said. That's when the teen panicked and took off running.


According to Sublett, nearly everyone in the parking lot chased the carjacker for a short distance, so he ran out of the bank and gave chase as well.


"There were about 10 to 15 people chasing him but when they saw that me and the other man were closer to the guy, they stopped," Sublett said.


The 30-year-old father of two and an unidentified Good Samaritan ran south on Topaz Road after the teen, officials said.


"That kid ran as far as he could as hard as he could until he just fell on his face," Sublett chuckled.


After jumping over a 6-foot-high iron fence into a small park, the teen fell over, exhausted from the chase. The teen began to get up and that's when Sublett tackled the would-be carjacker, Sublett said.


The second man quickly came up and helped hold the teen down until deputies arrived.


It was at that moment when they both had the boy on the ground that they learned they helped catch a carjacker, Sublett said.


"I didn't know it was a carjacking. I didn't even know the kid was 16," he said. "I actually thought it was a domestic in the beginning. He's the one who told me it was a carjacking when he said, 'All I wanted was her car. I just wanted her car.'"


The men searched the 16-year-old and Sublett said they found a small pocket knife in his pocket.


"The cops were here pretty quick, like five minutes, and there were a bunch of them when they got here," Sublett said.


After capturing the teen, Sublett returned to where the victim was standing and learned she was not hurt.


"She was tough," he said smiling. "She put up a fight."


Sublett felt catching the carjacker was a group effort.


"A lot of people reacted. There was no way he was going to get away," Sublett said.


Sheriff's officials were glad this situation turned out the way it did, but cautioned citizens to be careful in similar situations.


"Sometimes we have Samaritans who help out, but we worry the suspect is carrying a knife or a gun and can hurt them," Sgt. Colleen Kuhn said. "Thankfully this one turned out great."


The teen was booked into the High Desert Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at (760) 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.