When A Knife-Wielding Teen Ran At 16 Children, A 75-Year-Old Army Vet Sprang Into Action

October 19, 2015Oct 19, 2015

You're never too old to be a hero. Army veteran James Vernon proved that on Thursday.

According to Fox News, the 75-year-old was teaching a group of 16 kids from ages seven to 13 how to play chess at an Illinois library when Dustin Brown, 19, rushed into the room with a knife in each hand screaming "I'm going to kill some people!"


Vernon tried to calm Brown down and positioned himself between the teen and the terrified kids.

Brown slashed at Vernon, and the Army vet's combat training kicked in, blocking the blade with his hand. And then he went on the offensive.

The 75-year-old describes what happened next: “I grabbed him and threw.... Somehow he wound up on a table (with one hand pinned beneath him). I hit him on the (right) collarbone with my closed hand."

The force of the blow caused Brown to drop the other knife.

Despite bleeding heavily from knife wounds, Vernon held Brown down with the help of a library employee until police arrived.

A police report revealed that Brown was facing prosecution for child pornography charges and had been planning a mass murder/suicide at the library for two weeks.

Vernon suffered two sliced arteries and a tendon.

According to CINewsNow, Vernon later said "I'll not use the word hero on myself but I did something that required courage."

His wife Hanna added, "He is that type of a person and that's one of the reasons I married him."

God bless this brave veteran.