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Haleiwa youth soccer coach says he was assaulted at practice

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Mike McNeace, left Mike McNeace, left
HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Haleiwa Beach Park was packed with youth soccer teams Thursday afternoon. Mike McNeace was coaching his squad of seven-year-old girls when he saw a man screaming and swearing at two women.

"He was cursing and yelling at the ladies. I knew it was going to get ugly from that point on, and I had to step in," he said.

McNeace came to the rescue of Patrick Vega's wife, her mother, and his grandson.

"He saw the whole thing. He was like, 'Grandpa, they was almost going to hit grandma,'" Vega said.

McNeace said the man turned his tirade on him. He said police were called, came and left.

"He was a threat to everybody here on the field. I didn't feel that it was my job. But all of a sudden it did turn into my job because I was in between him and my team and these old ladies," he said.

McNeace said when he tried to leave with his seven-year-old daughter the man went after him.

"He butted me with his chest. Then he slapped me with the back of his hand. Two other people surrounded me. One of those ladies hit me upside of my head," he said.

Haleiwa residents complain homeless and drug addicts hang around the park.

"We've had felony assaults. We've had dogs that have bitten people. My own neighbor, twice he was taken down to the ground and torn up by pit bulls that are owned by people who come here to stay at night," resident Mike Lyons said.

McNeace has cleared the field of used needles and drug paraphernalia before soccer practices. He wants the city and police to make the area safe.

"I have called several times to complain about the homeless population down here and the drug use and the drug transactions. They told me they don't have the manpower to do that. Well, that's BS!" he said.

Vega said he's thankful McNeace helped his family.

"I'm grateful to him. I'm very very grateful," he said.

"I felt that they were being victimized and I stepped in," McNeace said.

He said given the same circumstances he would do it again.

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