Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevi and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat met with the civilians and police officers who subdued and captured the Muslim terrorist who carried out the stabbing attack at the capital’s central bus station Sunday.
The cab-driving pensioner and retired policeman who helped to neutralize the terrorist said he “ never hesitated for a moment” once he realized a terror attack was taking place.
Yosef Ben Amo from Gilo described the events as they unfolded when he helped apprehend the terrorist:
“I saw a security guard running after someone. I didn’t realize in the beginning that it was a terrorist. He jumped on him and I tried to separate them,” he recalled on Sunday evening.
“At a certain point he told me that it was a terrorist and he had stabbed a guard. I bent over the terrorist, punched him below his belt and my finger was injured a little,” he said about his actions, which earned him a certificate of honor from Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevi and from the city’s Mayor Nir Barkat.
“He was running in my direction when I noticed that the security guard was also chasing after him and knocked him over and at that point I joined the pursuit and I stopped him,” Ben Amo continued.
“Later more police arrived and took him to the side where they searched him again and checked if he had anything else on him. After making sure there wasn’t anything else, they took him to the police station to continue the investigation.”
Asked whether he had given a second thought to confronting the terrorist, Ben Amo said: “I’m not scared of anyone. I am extremely extremely resilient thank God and I didn’t hesitate for a moment. The second I became aware it was a terrorist I didn’t hesitate.”
Ben Amo also said that the terrorist did try to fight back, but that he couldn’t because “I neutralized him extremely quickly.”
Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevi praised Ben Amo for his actions.
“This is the only place in the world that when there is an incident people don’t flee, but rather they run and respond,” he said.
UPDATE: Taxi driver and retired policeman Yosef Ben Amo was praised for helping subdue the Muslim terrorist who stabbed and seriously wounded security guard Asher Elmaliach, but security footage of the attack shows he was trying to stop security shift manager who was fighting the terrorist, as he thought he was witnessing a mere brawl.