The Good Samaritan who was killed by a train after jumping onto the tracks to rescue the victim of a beating has been identified as a 36-year-old security guard, as police have arrested two teenagers on murder charges in connection with the New Year’s Day attack in the New York City subway.
Police on Wednesday apprehended two boys, ages 16 and 17 years old, charging them with murder, robbery and gang assault stemming from the death of Roland Hueston, as NBC New York first reported.
It is unknown at this time if they were being charged as adults. Their names have not been released as of Friday morning.
The incident took place within the 46th precinct, which has seen 17 felonious assaults from January 1 to January 9, a 325 percent increase compared to last year.
Roland Hueston, 36, has been identified as the Good Samaritan who was struck by a subway train and killed while trying to save a man who had been attacked by an alleged gang
Police on Wednesday arrested two boys, 16 and 17, who they say were among the 11 people (pictured above) who attacked and beat up a 38-year-old inside a Bronx subway station
Earlier this week, police announced the arrest of another 16-year-old boy in connection with the deadly incident.
The teens were allegedly among nearly a dozen young people – eight males and three females – who police say attacked a 38-year-old man on the B/D train platform at the Fordham Road station in The Bronx at around 2.45am on January 1.
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. At least one of the alleged attackers threatened the victim with a knife, according to witness accounts.
In the course of the attack, the drunken man fell onto the tracks as a D train was pulling into the station.
Hueston was waiting for a Manhattan-bound D train at the Fordham Road station on January 1 when he witnessed that a man had fallen onto the tracks and tried to help him
That is when Hueston, who was waiting for the Manhattan-bound train, ran over to the edge of the platform and either jumped onto the tracks, or leaned over in an attempt to wave down the train operator.
The D train struck Hueston and he died at the scene.
The victim of the beating 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 that her son had to undergo surgery and thanked the Good Samaritan who saved him.
‘I’m crying 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 Monday.
Hueston, who worked as a security guard, attempted to flag down the operator of the train, but he was struck and killed
Friends have been posting tributes to Hueston on Facebook in the wake of his death
Of the attack, she said: ‘He told me they attacked him. It was a gang and they started hitting him and they threw him onto the tracks,’ and added, ‘he could hardly speak because he’s 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 the Daily News of her son that ‘died the way he lived, helping people.’
Hueston is survived by his parents and younger sister.
Hueston’s friends have been posting tributes to him on social media in the wake of 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 god father to my daughter,’ one mourner wrote. ‘I am lost for words, I am not okay and this is really taking a toll on me.’
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The first nine days of the year saw 30 percent more crime than the first nine days of 2019, according to city crime data.
There have been 511 felony assaults, 354 robberies, 35 rapes and eight murders since the start of the year.