MOORE, OK (KFOR/CNN) – A homecoming parade in Moore, OK turned frightening for a little league team when a man approached their float with a knife.
Now their coach is facing charges and the man with the knife is considered a victim after what happened next.
The incident occurred on Homecoming day for the Wolfpack little league football team. It was a hopeful fame night, but as the team floated around a local park, one man thought the players were too loud and interrupted a baseball game he was watching in a nearby field.
Witnesses say he decided to take matters into his own hands.
"He kind of walks down the side of it and the kids holding their hands out, wanting to give him a high-five and he kind of backs away and he had a knife in his hand," said Justin Williams, one of the player's parents.
Seeing that sharp blade, the team's coach Kevin Cardwell sprang into action.
"At that moment I was scared because we seen the knife, the kids seen the knife and when I went after the guy I wanted to make sure he didn't bring that knife back out, so I'm not proud of this point, but I snapped and I did push him, and I did hit him a few times," said Cardwell.
The kids watched in horror as the two men fought.
"They were crying, upset and hysterical, what could we say but calm down kids its okay, we're here, no one is going to get you, he is over there, the bad guy is gone. That's all we could say to reassure them they're ok," said Williams.
Police were called, but the man with the knife was not arrested, and that has parents mad.
"He shouldn't be allowed to walk around stabbing motions anywhere around kids it's not okay. He could have easily cut my son's hand, another guy's son. You know, he could have cut anyone, at any point. Just 'cause he was mad cause we're making noise; that makes no sense," said Williams.
Authorities explained why the knife-wielding man was not arrested.
"Yes, he did try to stab the trailer, but not any children. He actually didn't do any damage to the trailer," said Jeremy Lewis of the Moore, OK Police Department. "There wasn't anyone saying he was trying to hurt the children he was basically upset with the noise and was trying to poke the tires on the trailer, so that's why he wasn't arrested that night."
In another twist, police say because Cardwell went after the man, that the man with a knife is now considered a victim Cardwell says the police told him he is now considered a suspect.
"I think that's a bunch of crap, just as simple as that," said Williams. "The coach, yeah, he pushed the guy as any person would if they have a knife around your kids or anybody you're going to push him away from you."
Cardwell is concerned about the charges that he may be facing.
"What I felt I was doing was protecting those kids and that's what my parents feel and that's what those kids feel. I want justice for these kids," said Cardwell.
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