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: US Finally Reaches Milestone Of 70% Of Adults With At Least 1 COVID-19 Shot
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: Scammers Targeting Parents Who Qualify For Expanded Child Tax Credit; 'The IRS Is Never Going To Call You'
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: Westchester Police Departments Partner With Nonprofit Hope Not Handcuffs To Offer Substance Abuse Treatment
“Hate is unacceptable under any circumstances,” Hikind said.