WOBURN (CBS) — The man accused of trying to kidnap a woman along the Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington appeared in court Wednesday after being turned in by his own father. Tyler Healey is accused of pulling off the 27-year-old victim’s shirt and trying to drag her away on Sunday night.
Prosecutors said it was Healey’s father who called 911 after recognizing his son’s distinctive black-and-red-patterned sneakers in surveillance photos, leading to the 23-year-old’s arrest.
Healey hid behind a courtroom doorway as he appeared in front of a Woburn District Court judge for the first time on assault with attempt to rape and attempted kidnapping charges.
The violent attack was captured on video. Police say a Good Samaritan who pulled over likely saved the young woman’s life, scaring Healey off.
Surveillance video shows attempted kidnapping in Burlington (WBZ-TV)
The 911 caller, Ariel Naylor, spoke about the adrenaline that came over her, and the need to stop and help the woman.
“It was perfect timing; it was meant for me to be there with her,” she said. “It’s all very emotional.”
Naylor said she now has a special bond with the woman she’s credited with saving.
“It immediately pulls us together,” she said. “I saw her for the first time last night and I cried. She’s the strongest person.”
The victim’s sister-in-law, Jessica Santiago, said her relative is “extremely grateful” that Healey’s father took action.
“You know your son is a danger to society and you were willing to turn him in,” she said. “I’m a mother and I can’t say I would do that, so that’s amazing.”
Healey is due back in court May 17 for a dangerousness hearing.
Healey was arrested in Framingham in 2020 for threatening to find police officers when they were off-duty and kill them. Police said Healey previously had ties to Burlington, but more recently has lived in Waltham and Newton.