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Heroic NYC father takes down knife-wielding man who threatened his baby: report

February 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Heroic NYC father takes down knife-wielding man who threatened his baby: report

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A heroic father — with his baby in tow — took on a knife-wielding man who threatened to stab him and his child across the street from Bloomingdale’s on the Upper East Side of Manhattan last week.

According to the New York Post, the father had his 17-month-old baby in his arms while he left a Chase bank with another man on Friday at around 5 p.m. when he saw 20-year-old Matthew Van Putten wielding a knife and threatening to “stab them all.”

“It was a crazy guy, he pulled a knife, tried to stab us,” the unidentified father said. “We stopped him and put him on the floor, and asked for the cops.”

The man added that he acted on instinct, merely trying “to protect” his son, who was not harmed in the incident.

The other victim, who was with the baby’s father, suffered a cut on the hand.

Initially, all three men were handcuffed by authorities until investigators determined what had happened.

Van Putten, who resides in Brooklyn, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, along with menacing and reckless endangerment.

Putten has a past of threatening strangers. In July, he was apprehended for threatening to stab a 62-year-old woman while riding a subway.

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