A Philadelphia woman is being hailed as a hero after she came to the aid of a woman and her newborn baby on a train.

The ordeal began when Tameka Bates noticed a man eyeing a young woman and her baby as they waited for the train in North Philadelphia. The man followed the woman onto the train and proceeded to harass her, asking if he could see her week-old baby. When the woman refused, the man tried to remove the baby’s blanket to see the child, but Bates intervened.

“I said, ‘Miss, just stay with me and I’ll protect you. I have you covered. Don’t worry,’” Bates, a minister at Resurrection Evangelistic Church, told MyFoxPhilly.

The man, identified as 40-year-old Steven Mason, continued to follow the woman around the train and even tried to grab the baby, but Bates blocked his path, using her body to shield the mother and her child, while calling on God for help.

“I said Satan, the Lord God, rebuke you in the name of Jesus you will not touch this woman.”

The scary incident was caught on tape and occurred just moments before Philadelphia law enforcement officials say Mason assaulted a SEPTA Police Officer.

According to police, Officer Ronald Jones confronted Mason minutes after he harassed the women on the train, and was brutally attacked.

During the violent confrontation between the two men, Officer Jones attempted to subdue Mason with pepper spray, but he continued to charge ahead, striking the officer and knocking him to the ground. The men wrestled on the platform for several minutes while Mason attempted to grab Officer Jones’ gun. Bystanders tried to help Officer Jones apprehend Mason, however, it didn’t work. He was able to escape onto a train, but was finally taken into custody when backup arrived.

Mason has been charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and disarming a police officer. Police think he was under the influence of drugs at the time.

In light of Mason’s volatile encounter with officers, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel called Bates a hero for stepping up to protect a woman she did not know.

“She should be playing for Villanova or St Joe’s during the tournament because she boxed this guy out better than any forward I’ve seen on any team,” Nestel said. “This was just phenomenal, phenomenal behavior on the part of somebody who doesn’t even know another person getting in and making sure they were safe.”

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  • Ask_Me

    I would like to know if stand your ground can be used as a defense when a woman is being street harassed?

    If so, I suggest women start packing.

    I guarantee if women began shooting men down in the street, citing stand your ground, and getting away with it this type of nonsense would cease.

    • pe.riche.

      “I guarantee if women began shooting men down in the street, citing stand your ground, and getting away with it this type of nonsense would cease.”


  • African Woman

    As usual, the men were sitting down while a woman defends the woman and her child, tsk tsk. Men can you stand up for once, damn! Smfh!

  • I probably would have done the same thing because I have a problem with the institution of racism not individual people and definitely not a defenseless mother and child. It’s the right, human thing to do.

  • Ask_Me

    Women need to stop getting mad about men not jumping into situations like this and take their same attitude when it comes to their plight. It’s really that simple.

    Next time black men are sitting around bi-tching and complaining about the police, the law, the prison industrial complex simply tell them it ain’t your problem. Tell them the situation is “too dangerous” “too burdensome” and “not my responsibility.”

    Redirect them to the courts, ACLU, NAACP, justice department and all other agencies set up to handle such issues…the same way they redirect you to law enforcement when you find yourself being street harassed.

    I think that’s fair.

    • lil ray

      I’m only standing up for Black Women and Children.

      Deaf Ears to black men I can’t hear em.

    • Tim

      I suspect almost all of these black man hating comments are coming from one person. Pretty soon she’ll be telling us about how good her white Prince treats her. He’s from the same African country that Kenya’s (RHOA) Prince is from. I’m done.

    • Aria08

      Or, you could…ya know…address her point instead of personally attacking her. Her choice of mate and his race had ZERO to do with this article or her post.

      Or do you not have a rebuttal worth typing…other than trying to shame her for being with a “white prince”?

    • Ask_Me

      What’s the matter, “Tim”? You can throw punches but you can’t take them??? Refer to your own comments and stop expecting something for nothing. Every action deserves an equal or greater reaction. You reap what you sow in this world.

      Black women being street harassed ain’t your problem, remember? Well, guess what? Black men getting their arses whopped by law enforcement, etc ain’t my problem!


    • Tim

      Have you seen Kenya’s Prince? lol You can’t win an argument with a crazy person.

    • LAfem

      I completely agree.

      Centuries of blindly supporting black men has not earned black women respect, admiration, or even appreciation.Our contributions are minimized or eliminated from Black History discourse.

      Black women should support themselves and black men who support us.

    • Actually the police are needed to keep these goons from proliferating. How many black women has this man harassed before he worked up the courage to bother a white woman’s child?

    • Ayy

      @Ask_Me, you are a woman after my own heart. Reciprocity is key and this is exactly what I advocate. Whoever doesn’t stand with us, doesn’t deserve to have us stand with them. Period. And I will definitely be staying neutral whenever non-reciprocating parties once again seek to leech from black women.
      Keep speaking the truth!

    • ASK ME Gotta Go

      Why should ANY man come to a stranger’s defense? What are you smoking?