Justin Herron is an offensive tackle for the New England Patriots. He is also a hero after taking quick action to prevent a woman from being sexually assaulted in an Arizona park last weekend.
According to 12 News, a 71-year-old retired school teacher was going for a walk in Tempe’s Kiwanis Park when police allege that Kevin Caballero, 30, pushed her to the ground, “grabbed her and tried to remove her pants.” Herron, along with Phoenix resident Murray Rogers, were in the park and both men rushed to help the woman after hearing cries for help.
“At the time, I was in shock,” Herron told 12 News. “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 someone they need help. “
Herron, who is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs more than 300 pounds, said he tried not to be too aggressive when he pushed Caballero away from the woman because he knew it could hurt him. “I have a strong voice. I screamed, told him to get away from her and then I threw him and told him to sit down and told him to wait until the police came. “Rogers told 12 News that Herron took the attacker’s wife and did everything. possible to comfort her while they waited for the authorities to arrive.
Caballero was eventually arrested and charged with attempted sexual assault and kidnapping, and the Tempe Police Department Special Victims Unit is working with other agencies to determineg if Caballero was previously responsible for similar incidents. The victim was treated at the scene for “minor injuries,” and the department’s crisis unit was also available to help with any emotional trauma the woman experienced.
Tempe police praised the actions of both men, with Det. Natalie Barela tells 12 News: “If it weren’t for the swift actions of Mr. Justin Herron and Mr. Murry Rogers, this vicious attack could have been much worse.”
The two men were awarded exceptional service awards at a press conference on Wednesday, according to NBC News. The two men were able to meet the victim who called them “angels.” While both men have legitimately been called heroes, they downplayed the label and said their thoughts were with the woman who was attacked.
“If someone needs your help, go help them. I never thought this would happen, and I don’t want it to happen again, ”Herron said at the press conference. “No one should have to go through that.”