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Muslim teen honored for tracking down Jewish woman assault suspect

Ahmed Khalifa, 17, got off the train in Brooklyn and followed the suspect until police placed the man under arrest

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A Muslim teenager in Brooklyn, Ahmed Khalifa, has been honored for putting his life at risk to chase down an assault suspect in Brooklyn, a news report has revealed.

Khalifa, who is all of 17 and is a Midwood High School student, said he was heading home on December 29 when he saw a man attacking a 56-year-old Orthodox Jewish woman on a Q subway train.

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According to the CBS New York report, 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.”

Khalifa has now been presented with a legislative citation and a laptop. “He doesn’t want to be called a hero? He is a hero,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind said about the student. Khalifa’s father told the newspaper that he is indeed proud of his son.