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Good Samaritan in SEPTA Cop Attack Speaks Out

March 18, 2014

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NORTH PHILADELPHIA - March 18, 2014 (WPVI) -- SEPTA officer, Ronald Jones, is back on the job with limited duty, just a day after his violent struggle with a suspect on the Broad Street line platform.

"Thank the public for assisting me in what was going on today at Fairmount. Thank you," said Jones, after he left Central Detectives on Monday.

On Tuesday, we learned more about the incident from one of the Good Samaritans who jumped in to help the officer.

Kenneth Glover was the first to jump in to help him.

"I thank God I didn't get hurt because that was a strong guy," said Kenneth Glover.

Glover says the man was acting crazy on the subway, that he tried to snatch a baby from its mother and that he kept yelling out that he was going to die today.

When the train arrived at Broad and Fairmount, the suspect went straight for Officer Jones.

"He actually wanted to die. He was saying, 'Kill me! You're gonna have to shoot me.' He kept charging at him," said Glover.

The suspect kept charging at Officer Jones even after he was hit with pepper spray.

Officer Jones tried to fend him off with his baton, but, it soon became hand to hand combat.

Glover decided to jump in when he saw the suspect grabbing for the officer's gun.

"I just took a chance trying to help him. I'd rather see myself get hurt than see him get his hand on that gun and start shooting people," he said.

The suspect managed to get a hold of the ammo clip after it came loose from the gun. Glover was able to grab it out of his hand and return it to Officer Jones.

He says he doesn't feel like a hero, even though the police say he is.

"I just did what I was supposed to do. I was just at the wrong place at the right time that's all," said Glover.

Police say it appeared the suspect was either high on something or had mental health issues. They say he has given them several names, but they still don't know his identity.

Authorities are also looking for the person who made off with Officer Jones' badge and cell phone, which were dropped during the scuffle.

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PHILADELPHIA - March 20, 2014 (WPVI) -- Philadelphia Police have identified the man who allegedly attacked a SEPTA police officer on Monday.

Authorities say 40 year old, Steve Mason, assaulted Officer Ronald Jones and tried to steal his gun on the train platform at Broad and Fairmount streets.

Newly released surveillance video shows Mason earlier in the day as he tried to grab a newborn baby from its mother's arms. A Good Samaritan forced Mason away and blocked him from the woman and the child.

Mason has been booked on charges including aggravated assault on police.

Toxicology test results that were released on Wednesday revealed that Mason was not on drugs at the time of the incident. Police had already suspected the man suffered from mental illness.

It happened around 3:00 p.m. Monday, on the platform at Broad and Fairmount in North Philadelphia.

Surveillance cameras captured it all as SEPTA police officer, Ron Jones, confronted the man. Police say the suspect claimed he had a gun.

The suspect charged at the officer, who pulled out pepper spray, but, it was no use.

Officer Jones whipped out his baton but the suspect kept coming, throwing the officer on the ground and up against the platform wall.

The no-holds-barred struggle continued as dozens of SEPTA riders ran off the southbound Broad Street train. Many were in shock.

Police say Mason even tried to get the officer's gun. It wasn't long before a few Good Samaritans rushed over to help subdue the suspect.

However, the violent encounter didn't end there.

Mason overpowered the men on top of him and ran back onto the train, where police say he tried to grab a child from his mother.

Backup finally arrived and Mason was taken into custody. Police say he did not actually have a weapon.


More info from attacker's father

Dad: Son Who Fought With SEPTA Cop Should Have Been Committed

DAVID GAMBACORTA,
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

March 20, 2014

PERCY PRIDE'S phone started ringing when the surveillance video hit the TV news Monday night, a video of a big guy brawling with a SEPTA cop on a crowded subway platform.

People thought it was his son, Steve Mason.

Nah, Pride thought, it couldn't be. He looked closer. It was his son, all right - but that didn't seem possible.

Pride said he'd spoken to his son earlier in the day, when Mason, 40, had called from the Warren E. Smith Health Center in North Philly.

Mason needed help. He'd run out of his medication to control bipolar disorder, and his behavior had grown increasingly erratic.

"A therapist there told me that he needed to be committed, that he was in bad shape," Pride told The Daily News yesterday.

"I expected her to call back to let me know which hospital he'd been taken to, but then I got a call from my other son, telling me about the video," he continued.

"It was devastating to me. I couldn't comprehend it at all."

So, what happened?

Pride said he went to the health center, on Broad Street near Cumberland, and a staffer told him that Philadelphia cops had come to take Mason to a hospital, but had taken the wrong person by mistake.

Mason ended up back on the streets and, eventually, on a subway car on the Broad Street Line, where passengers believed that he had a gun.

He encountered SEPTA police Officer, Ron Jones, at the Fairmount Avenue stop, where the two men battled violently for five minutes, SEPTA Police Chief, Tom Nestel, said earlier this week.

Two subway riders ran to Jones' aid when he cried out for help. Nestel said Mason tried to take Jones' gun during the lengthy struggle.

Nestel said yesterday that he was unaware of Pride's account. Philadelphia police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said he also had not heard it. The health center staffer with whom Pride had met did not return calls for comment.

Pride, 61, said he visited Mason on Tuesday at Hahnemann University Hospital, where he's recovering from head injuries suffered during the subway struggle. No one would listen to his account, he said.

Pride said Mason has struggled with bipolar disorder for years. His last violent episode was in 2011, when he was arrested on aggravated assault charges.

Court records show that Mason pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison and five years' probation supervised by a city Mental Health Court unit.

(Records also show that Mason entered guilty pleas in 1996 to robbery and aggravated-assault charges, and also was found guilty of indecent assault and indecent exposure.)

Pride said a court-ordered case worker visits his son every week at the home they share in North Philly. The case worker is supposed to bring refills of the medications Mason uses - Abilify and Duloxetine - but didn't bring them on his latest visit.

"He didn't have his medication for two weeks, and I noticed his behavior had started to change," Pride said.

"The ball was dropped big time. He was trying to get help. He definitely should not have been back out on the streets."


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What a great story. Those good samaritans are true heroes!

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What a great story. Those good samaritans are true heroes!
I love a happy ending, especially with all the horrible things people do to each other.

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Wow. Glad the cop is ok...too bad about Mason. Having a mental illness is terrible. Guy needs to stay on his meds.

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Great to see people stepping forward to help control the situation.

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Wow. Glad the cop is ok...too bad about Mason. Having a mental illness is terrible. Guy needs to stay on his meds.
A couple of people told me recently their doctors told them to stop taking anti depressants.

You cannot do that or you crash, and sometimes, HARD! You are supposed to be weaned off.

I've taken them for several years. If you are chemically imbalanced, as was my diagnosis, and the meds, "balance you", so to speak, it would make sense that you would need to cut the dosage gradually.

It is sad so many people cannot get their meds and end up doing things like this.

I am happy he didn't get the baby!

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