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Man Who Tackled Subway Stabber: 'I'm Not A Hero, I'm Tired Of Senseless Killings'

Man Who Tackled Subway Stabber: 'I'm Not A Hero, I'm Tired Of Senseless Killings'

(John Del Signore) The street cleaner who charged down into a midtown subway station yesterday to disarm a knife-wielding woman says he "feels good" about what he did, but doesn't see himself as a hero. Charles Williams, an East Midtown Partnership employee, says that when he saw panicked straphangers fleeing the subway at Lexington Avenue and 59th Street, he initially thought it was a terrorist attack. Then a passerby screamed that someone with a knife was stabbing people. So he went down to help.

"Everybody was going out,” Williams, who was picking up litter at the time, tells the Daily News. “Nobody was going in. I’m tired of senseless killings. I ran down.” The suspect, reportedly a homeless woman, was still brandishing her 4-inch kitchen knife on the uptown 6 train platform. Williams and another unidentified good Samaritan successfully subdued her until police arrived. "I’m not a hero," insists Williams. "This is my town. This is my city. I love New York."

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