Two teens have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with a horrific New Year’s Eve attack on the New York City subway, where a Good Samaritan was killed by a train after jumping onto the rails to save the beating victim.
Police arrested two boys, ages 16 and 17, on Wednesday and charged with murder, robbery and gang violence in the death of 36-year-old Roland Hueston, NBC New York first reported.
It is unknown at this time whether they will be charged as adults. Their names have not yet been released Friday morning.
Roland Hueston, 36, has been identified as the Good Samaritan who was hit by a subway train and killed when trying to rescue a man attacked by an alleged gang
Police on Wednesday arrested two boys, 16 and 17, who they believe were among 11 people (pictured above) who assaulted and beat up a 38-year-old in a Bronx subway station.
Earlier this week, police announced the arrest of another 16-year-old boy in connection with the fatal incident.
The teens were reportedly among nearly a dozen young people — eight men and three women — who, according to police, assaulted a 38-year-old man on the B/D platform at Fordham Street station in The Bronx around 2:45 am on Jan. 1, according to police. .
The New York Daily News previously reported that the 38-year-old was drunk and got into an argument with the youths, who began punching and kicking him. According to witness statements, at least one of the alleged attackers threatened the victim with a knife.
During the attack, the drunk man fell on the tracks as a D train pulled into the station.
Hueston was waiting for a D train in Manhattan at Fordham Road station on Jan. 1 when he witnessed a man fall on the tracks and try to help him
That was when Hueston, waiting for the train to Manhattan, ran to the edge of the platform and either jumped onto the rails or bent over in an attempt to wave the train drivers down.
The D train hit Hueston and he died on the spot after his leg was wedged between the platform and the train.
The victim of the assault was not hit by the train but suffered a broken arm.
He was taken to St Barnabas Hospital, where he was treated for his injury and released.
The man’s mother, Basilia Paulino, said her son needed surgery and thanked the Good Samaritan who saved him.
‘I cry for that man. I don’t know what to say. He went to help my son and look what happened. He should be in God’s glory, that man,” Paulino told the New York Post on Monday.
Hueston, who worked as a security guard, tried to take out the train driver, but he was beaten and killed
Friends have posted tributes to Hueston on Facebook in the wake of his death
About the attack, she said: “He told me they attacked him. It was a gang and they started beating him and throwing him on the rails,’ adding, ‘he could hardly speak because he is in a lot of pain.’
According to his Facebook account, Hueston worked as a security officer at a risk consulting firm.
His mother, Millicent Hueston, told her son’s Daily News that “died as he lived, helping people.”
Hueston is survived by his parents and younger sister.
Hueston’s friends posted tributes to him on social media after his death.
“Roland V Hueston III was more than just a friend, he was like a brother to me and my siblings, a son to my parents, a godfather to my daughter,” wrote one mourner. “I’m at a loss for words, I’m not doing well and this is really taking its toll on me.”
According to city crime data, there was 30 percent more crime in the first nine days of the year than in the first nine days of 2019
The incident took place in the 46th district, which saw 17 criminal attacks from January 1 to January 9, an increase of 325 percent.
Crime throughout New York City continues to rise as new Mayor Eric Adams makes public safety the focus of his administration.
According to city crime data, there was 30 percent more crime in the first nine days of the year than in the first nine days of 2019.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been 511 crimes, 354 robberies, 35 rapes and eight murders.