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Women Tackle Man Who Tried to Throw Boys in Front of Train

David Howard

David Howard

An unidentified New Jersey mom was waiting with her mother and two sons, 7 and 9, for the 2:20 New Jersey Transit train to Glen Rock on September 3, 2012. According to the women, a very inebriated man, who had been sitting on a bench hiding a bottle of vodka, saw the boys move near the edge of the platform to look at the oncoming train, and tried to push them in front of it. The man went up to them, grabbed them, one in a headlock and the other by the shoulder, and started moving them towards the edge of the platform towards the tracks in front of the train.

The women flew into action. The mother, 39, put herself between the children and the edge and started pushing the 5-foot 11-inch, 215-pound man back towards the station house, while her mother pulled him from the other side. Once the brothers were free, the women tackled Howard to the ground. The heroic mother instructed a witness to call 911. The women held the assailant there until police arrived. The assailant, David Howard, 49, of Wyckoff, N.J., was not as obliging to arresting officers, and spit in one patrolman’s face.

Howard was arrested on two counts of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of aggravated assault on a police officer, and reportedly fell asleep before he could be interviewed. He is being held in the Bergen County Jail on a $500,000 bond while police continue their investigation.

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