Seaman Tov Bus Company school bus aide, driver rescue girl from attacker
A Seaman Tov Bus Company school bus driver and aide are being lauded as heroes for rescuing a girl who was being attacked.
School bus aide Nate asked News 12 New Jersey to withhold his last name. He says that he and the driver spotted a 12-year-old girl being attacked by a man last week in Long Branch.
"He was pulling her. I don't know what his intentions was but it looked like it was bad," Nate says.
The girl was one of the students from the bus. Nate and the driver brought the girl inside the bus for safety until police arrived. As this was happening, the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Daniel Omar Mejia-Reyes, allegedly tried to attack and kidnap a 16-year-old girl.
"All of a sudden we see another attack," Nate says. "He was pulling her and pulling her. Now this girl was like screaming 'Help! Help!'"
Authorities say Mejia-Reyes attacked three girls in all.
A spokesman for the Seaman Tov Bus Company says that Nate and the driver are heroes.
"I think they did a tremendous job, saved these two girls and possibly other girls from this animal," says Morris Swed.
Mejia-Reyes was charged with robbery, aggravated criminal sexual contact, kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child. He is being held without bail.
Officials say that there is also an immigration detainer on him because he is allegedly in the United States illegally.