NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Muslim teenager has been honored for putting his life at risk to chase down an assault suspect in Brooklyn.
Ahmed Khalifa, 17, said he was heading home on Dec. 29 when he saw a man attacking a 56-year-old Orthodox Jewish woman on a Q subway train.READ MORE: 18-Year-Old Saadiq Teague Arrested After Being Spotted With AK-47 At Times Square Subway Station
Khalifa got off the train and followed the suspect until police placed the man under arrest.
“I just needed to get him, that’s all I wanted to do,” Khalifa said. “She’s like my cousin basically, even though I don’t know her.”
On Thursday, Assemblyman Dov Hikind presented the Midwood High School student with a legislative citation and a laptop.
“He doesn’t want to be called a hero? He is a hero,” Hikind said.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine In New York: Walk-In Appointments Offered To All New Yorkers Over 50 At City-Run Sites
Khalifa’s father was beaming.
“I’m proud of my son,” the teen’s father said.
Hikind hopes others follow Khalifa’s example.MORE NEWS: Discarded Tombstone Spotted On Empty Lot Raising Questions In Paramus
“Hate is unacceptable under any circumstances,” Hikind said.