Police in Tempe, Arizona, honored a New England Patriots player who they say saved an elderly woman from being sexually assaulted in the city over the weekend.
Police say Justin Herron, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman for the team, was training in a park in Tempe Saturday morning when he heard someone yell for help.
Herron told police he found a man, Kevin Caballero, 30, attacking a 71-year-old woman and threatening to rape her.
Police said Herron and another local resident accosted Caballero and held him down until police could reach the scene.
“At the time, I was in shock,” Herron said, according to USA Today. “It was 11 in the morning, in the middle of the day, in a very open field and the fact that it happened there at that time was very shocking. I wish I could tell you what I was thinking, but I could tell you that someone needed help. All I could do was rush there to make sure that I could help the victim and that I could comfort her and be the best person I can be. “
For their quick thinking, Herron and the other man who helped him received the “Exceptional Service” award from the Tempe Police Department.
“I’m a soccer player, I’m a bit big. I try not to be too aggressive with people who I know could potentially hurt someone,” Herron said. “I have a strong voice. I screamed, told him to get away from her and then I threw him away and told him to sit down and told him to wait until the police came.”
The woman, who suffered no serious injuries, was taken to a local hospital and treated.
The second man, Murry Rogers, said neither he nor Herron knew the attacker prior to the incident.
“I’m almost twice as old as Justin,” Rogers said, according to the newspaper. “So I did everything I could to run into the situation and help where I could. We would yell at him to get off. Once the attacker let go of the victim, we looked at each other and said, ‘We have to make sure he’s not going to Nowhere. ‘A lot of effort was put into making sure he sat down, didn’t move, and waited for the police. “