It could have been like so many cases recently – a woman screaming for help while passersby ignore it and go about their business – or worse, record it on their phones. But luckily for the 28-year-old woman screaming on a New York City train platform, there was a good samaritan there.
Maurice Osborne, 37, was on the train and leaped to the woman’s aid.
He said: “As soon as she said that he was trying to rape her, I just reacted.” The attacker, Alvaro Dennica, 40, had been fondling himself on the train and then chased the victim off the train before attacking her.
According to witnesses, Osborne gave Dennica a well-deserved beating.
Osborne told the New York Post: “Once he submitted, I grabbed him by the shirt and dragged him to the police station two blocks away.”
Once at the station, Dennica denied doing anything wrong. The victim, who had followed Osborne and the unwilling Dennica to the police station cleared up the situation. Dennica was charged with assault and attempted sexual abuse. Osborne is being hailed as a hero for the incident that left him with a broken hand and six stitches above his left eye.
For the man living in a Brooklyn shelter while putting himself through school to be a medical assistant, it’s all a bit overwhelming.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up in his honor to help raise money for tuition and associated costs. So far, it’s raised almost $20,000.
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H/T – CBS2