By Aamna Arshad ‘18 and Abiha Naqvi ‘18
Ahmed Khalifa, a courageous senior, helped track and chase a criminal who assaulted a Jewish woman on a Coney Island bound Q train on December 29, 2016.
“He slapped the woman so hard, I heard it through the music I was listening to. The poor woman fell to the floor and was bleeding.” said Ahmed Khalifa ’17.
Rayvon Jones, the assaulter, physically abused the woman causing her to have bruises and lacerations. After seeing the blood on the woman’s face, Khalifa got up to aid the woman. He held the doors of the subway open and yelled to the conductor to hold the train.
“It didn’t make any sense at all. The poor lady didn’t do anything,” said Khalifa. “This guy had some nerve to hit an innocent woman like that, and I was definitely not going to have it. A woman on the train told me to catch the guy, so I ran after him.”
According to CBS News Khalifa got off the train and jumped into a neighbor’s car, and they found the man boarding a B68 bus. They were able to catch up to the bus and followed the assaulter until the police came.
“He was acting as if he hadn’t done anything,” said Khalifa. The police proceeded to arrest him when they arrived. CBS News reporters were told by other eyewitnesses at the scene that the assaulter was being violent just getting into the car door.
“He broke both of the police car doors and even threatened me, but I was not scared,” said Khalifa. Khalifa said he was happy because the man could no longer hurt anyone else.
Mr. Michael McDonnell commented that Khalifa’s actions were excellent and highlighted what a good citizen should do.
“He embodies the two Midwood core values of respect and responsibility,” said Mr. McDonnell. “He saw something that happened and got involved instead of being like a normal person who would have just walked away because it wasn’t their problem.”
Mr. McDonnell also added that Khalifa is almost like a superhero because he put himself in danger and made sure that the criminal was put to justice.
“I’ve met the young man, I shook his hand, thanked him, and told him that I thought he did a fantastic thing for the reputation of the school. It was a noble act that he did, and it sets an example for other students,” said Mr. McDonnell.
For his great act of bravery and kindness, Khalifa was awarded a framed legislative citation and a laptop for his next semester at college from the community of Midwood. It was handed to him by New York State Assemblyman, Dov Hikind. Khalifa received great recognition for putting his own life at risk and helping this woman.
“I just needed to get him, that’s all I wanted to do,” Khalifa said to CBS News. “She’s like my cousin basically, even though I don’t know her.”
This is not the first time that Khalifa has shown acts of bravery. One day while Khalifa was walking around the neighborhood he saw a bunch of guys beating up a 20-year-old.
“I stepped in and helped the guy. I yelled at the others and told them to leave him alone. They were trying to rob his bike, but I stopped them from doing so,” he said.
Aesam Sharafaldin ‘18 said, “The Ahmed I know is a clown, but when you get to know him you notice that he is the type to stand up for what is morally right regardless of the situation.” Sharafaldin also added that Khalifa’s unique characteristics were shown in his actions on the subway.
Khalifa said, “ I don’t see myself as a hero. All people should do what they have to in order to make sure everyone is safe, even if it might include putting yourself at risk.”