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Police: N.J. man tried to toss boys in front of train

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David Howard, 49, of Wyckoff, N.J., is accused of trying to push two boys in front of a train. (Ramsey Police Department photo) David Howard, 49, of Wyckoff, N.J., is accused of trying to push two boys in front of a train. (Ramsey Police Department photo)
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A New Jersey man apparently tried to push two boys in front of an oncoming train on Monday, September 3, 2012, police said.

The mother of the two boys, ages 7 and 9, said her sons were near the edge of the platform of the Main Street New Jersey Transit Train Station Monday afternoon when David Howard, 49, of Wyckoff, N.J., grabbed one boy in a headlock and the other by the shoulder and started to move them to the tracks as a train entered the station, according to police.

That is when the boys' mom and grandmother grabbed Howard and stopped him while the boys broke free, police said. Then the two women tackled Howard and held him until cops arrived, police said.

Two officers responded to a 911 call and arrested Howard, who spit in one cop's face, authorities said.

Police charged Howard with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of aggravated assault on a police officer, according to Ramsey Police.

Authorities said Howard appeared to be intoxicated or high on drugs at the time of the incident and arrest.

A judge ordered Howard held in the Bergen County Jail on $500,000 bail.

Ramsey Police and New Jersey Transit Police are investigating.

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