Patriots’ Justin Herron hailed as a hero after rescuing woman attacked in park

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Patriots offensive lineman Justin Herron is being described as a hero by police in Tempe, Arizona, who say he came to the aid of a woman who was being attacked in a public park.

Police say a man pushed a 71-year-old woman to the ground, started trying to pull her pants down and made comments about sexually assaulting her when Herron heard the woman screaming. Herron is doing offseason training in Arizona and happened to be walking through the park at the time.

“At that moment, I was in shock,” Herron said, via 12 News in Tempe. “It was 11 a.m., middle of the day, in a very open field and the fact that it happened there at that time was just very shocking. I wish I could tell you what I was thinking, but I could just tell someone needed help. All I could do was rush myself over there to make sure I could help the victim and I could comfort her and be the best person I can be.”

The 6-foot-5, 304-pound Herron grabbed the man and held him there until police arrived.

“I’m a football player, so I’m kind of big. I try not to be too aggressive with people knowing I could potentially hurt somebody,” Herron said. “I do have a loud voice. I yelled, told him to get off of her and then yanked him off and I told him to sit down and I told him to wait until the cops come.”

A 30-year-old man named Kevin Caballero has been arrested. The Tempe Police Department presented Herron and Murry Rogers, another man who came to the woman’s aid, with Outstanding Service Awards today.

42 responses to “Patriots’ Justin Herron hailed as a hero after rescuing woman attacked in park

  1. BB does it again! This kid looked good last year two as part of another strong looking draft class. They were impressive considering the pandemic circumstances.

  2. There world is not just full of people out for only themselves as Mr Herron demonstrated by being a good person who happened to be in a place and time that made him that woman’s savior. The despicable violation that he stopped hopefully will remove a predator from the streets and that woman will be able to return to her life without fear. Let’s here an atta boy from the league, we hear the negative from them enough let’s here them trumpet the positive.

  3. Damn this is an awesome story! Great job young man!! so much bad news these days, its great to see this.

  4. Very fortunate such a person was there to help. People who look out for others are diamonds in the rough.

  5. He protects people for a living, but he will never top this deed on an NFL field. God bless him.

  6. We need more stories and more athletes like Justin Herron that lead by example. You are a true hero Mr Herron, thank you for your service to the community.

  7. Right man at the right place at the right time. He is a hero in every sense of the word. I hope that woman thanked God as well because what are the odds someone attacks you and an NFL lineman shows up to defend you against an attacker? Well done man !

  8. Good news and fantastic to hear . We need more people to step in and help when they can .

  9. That was very brave of Mr. Herron. These days, one always has to be concerned that the criminal may be armed.

  10. More people need to know the names like Justin Herron, Joe Delaney and Pat Tillman instead of Antonio Brown, Deshaun Watson and the like.

  11. Great job.
    This should be an everyday occurrence. We should see these kinds of stories pushed by the league.

  12. Great job by Justin Herron and Murry Rogers! In an incident like this, I would hope all of us would do what these men did, but you never know. Being a hero is not something you think about at the time, you just do what you think is right.
    Justin Herron is now one of my favorite players in the NFL.

  13. Herron may be big, but it was still an act of bravery. That rapist may have had a gun.

  14. The word ‘Hero’ gets thrown around so brazenly these days. This guy is a real hero.

  15. I certainly understand resisting the urge, but man I would love for him to beat the crap out of that dude!

  16. dejadoh says:
    March 24, 2021 at 6:54 pm
    Great job.
    This should be an everyday occurrence. We should see these kinds of stories pushed by the league.

    You are absolutely correct. This should be everyones first instinct. Anyone within earshot of a victim should help. These times of crime need to be stamped out of society. Thank you both.

  17. Great story around some sick circumstances. Props to Justin Herron and the other gentleman to stop a sick attack. There are some great people in the world and there are some really disgusting people in the world

  18. Never mind he is a Patriot or a football player… That is all cool…

    But the fact he took action. Risked his own life not knowing if the bas&)^%d was armed or not

    Took a risk to get involved, made a decision to stop a crime

    Used courage and Ran to the rescue of a Human being who was being raped/assaulted

    That is a HERO in my book.

  19. He is a hero along with the other man who assisted him, in my book! God Bless them for what they did to help that woman!!

  20. Well done! There must be something to the name ‘Herron’. Noah Herron for the Packers back in the day thwarted a would-be-burglar and sent him packing to jail as well. Good work Justin.

  21. Its nice to wake up in the morning and read of an nfl player doing something great off the field instead of being arrested for various crimes.this guy truly deserves the award he has recieved for saving the victim from harm.too bad the attacker didnt put up a fight,it would have ended up an even happier conclusion seeing him with lumps all over his face.

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