An NFL player is being hailed as a hero after he reportedly helped to save an elderly woman who was being sexually assaulted in a park.
Justin Herron, a 6’5 offensive lineman for the New England Patriots reportedly pulled a 30-year-old man off the woman and pinned him down until law enforcement arrived.
As KMOV4 reports:
“You see it in movies and TV all the time, but you never think it’s going to happen in real life until it does. In that moment, I was in shock,” Justin Herron said during a press conference Wednesday with Murry Rogers, another bystander credited with stopping the attack. The two were presented with Outstanding Service Awards by the Tempe Police Department.
A 30-year-old man was attempting to sexually assault a 71-year-old woman in a public park, according to police, when Herron and Rogers heard screams for help. Herron, a 6’5″ offensive lineman who just completed his rookie season with the New England Patriots, said he was taking a walk when he heard the attack.
Patriots reserve offensive tackle Justin Herron was honored as a hero by the Tempe (Arizona) Police Department today for helping to stop an attempted sexual assault in a park, via @MikeReiss.https://t.co/vg9evBrB0F
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2021
“I just knew in that moment that I had to go,” said Herron, who ordered the man to stop and pulled him off the woman.
“I try not to be too aggressive with individuals, knowing that I could potentially hurt somebody,” Herron said. The suspect complied and remained stationary as police were en route.