The 11-year-old Brooklyn hero who stabbed his mom’s live-in boyfriend to save her and her cousin from a beatdown says he fears the brute will seek revenge.
Relatives and friends showered Terrance Allen with pats on the back and accolades Monday after his photo landed on the front page of the Daily News above the headline “Lifesaver.”
But the fourth-grader at Public School 73 expressed fear that his heroism could come back to haunt him if ex-con Timothy (Mohammad) Pender, 42, is released from jail.
“I’m afraid of him coming back,” Terrance told The News. “I’m the only one who got him to jail.”
He has reason to be afraid. A defense attorney revealed in Brooklyn Criminal Court Monday night that Pender considered himself a victim and wanted cops to arrest Terrance.
Pender was initially arrested on second-degree assault charges, but was arraigned on one count of misdemeanor third-degree assault and ordered held on $25,000 bail.
Prosecutors had asked for $150,000 bail, saying they might add a charge of felony attempted strangulation.
Terrance leaped to the defense of his mother, Tracy Anderson, 35, and her cousin, Kenyetta Parker, 27, Saturday night when Pender turned violent.
Cops said the child grabbed a steak knife and thrust it into Pender’s back after he had beaten Anderson and was choking Parker.
“I had no choice,” Terrance said of the incident at the Ocean Hills Apartments in Bushwick.
“They should pin more charges on him,” Terrance said of Pender.
Anderson said Pender had not been abusive before suddenly snapping Saturday night.
“I’m still a little shaken up,” Anderson said.
She said some people blame her for putting her family in peril by dating Pender, whose criminal record dates back 20 years and includes 17 prior misdemeanor convictions, some of them domestic violence raps.
“I wouldn’t put my son in any danger,” she said. “I had no idea he had a criminal history. He had a split personality. I thought I knew this person.”
She said she hopes Pender gets the help he needs in jail, but she no longer wants him near her and her child.
“My son is an everyday kid and a hero,” she said. “Hopefully, I’ll get an order of protection.”