Shoreline native hailed as hero in New York for stopping a mugging

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Kirk Noreen, Ken Noreen, Pearl Noreen, Kevin Noreen, Karina Noreen and Kate Noreen.
The family gathered for Ken's retirement party.

Shorewood graduate Kirk Noreen, son of Pearl and Ken Noreen of Shoreline, has been hailed as a hero for stopping a mugging in a Manhattan park.

According to an article in the New York Daily News, Kirk was jogging alone in Fort Tyron park when he spotted a man attacking a woman in a tunnel under the roadway. 

The robber had punched the 29 year old woman in the face and taken her cell phone. Kirk accosted him and demanded the cell phone. 

The attacker dropped the phone to the ground, but then followed Noreen and the woman.
As Noreen told the victim to run, he was sucker punched by the suspect.

Noreen was knocked against a stone barrier and lost consciousness for 5-10 seconds. When he came to, he started chasing the thief - who tried to rob another woman on his way out of the park.

Noreen spent the day in the hospital and ended up with seven stitches. The woman declined medical attention. Police believe they have video of the thief.

Noreen was able to get to Shoreline in time for his father Ken's farewell concert and retirement party, but his injuries prevented him from playing the tuba. He settled for chimes.


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