It is a familiar TV plot. In the shadows of New York City’s subways, a woman ignored by others facers her attacker alone. Then a hero appears from nowhere just in time to save her.
Maurice Osborne made that script a reality last week when he left his subway car to take on an attacker, subdue him while suffering injuries himself, and then for good measure drag the would-be attacker by the shirt up the subway steps and to the nearest police station.
Osborne, 37, of Bedford Stuyvesant, was riding the next to last car in the No. 3 train at Bergen Street station in Brooklyn when he saw some kind of commotion in the shadows. Then he heard a scream.
“I just reacted,” said Osborne.
Asked if anyone else was going to help, Osborne said, “Nope. I wish someone else did. I wish the conductor stayed. The conductor didn’t even stay. The train left.”
Osborne ventured on.
“When I looked back, I saw he was on top of her. She said he was about to rape her. That’s when I beat him up. All he said was, ‘I didn’t do anything,’” Osborne said. In the struggle, Osborne suffered an injured hand. He also needed six stitches above his left eye.
“Once he submitted, I grabbed him by the shirt and dragged him,” Osborne said. He then hauled the accused attacker across the platform, up the subway stairs, and across Flatbush Avenue to the 78th Precinct. The victim followed and told the police what had happened. Alvaro Dennica, 40, was charged with attempted sexual abuse and assault.
Osborne said that he hopes other New Yorkers will follow his lead and help others when they are in need or in trouble.
“I Like helping people,” said Osborne, who is studying to be a medical assistant. “It makes me feel useful.”
After New York City media reported the story, several women in the neighborhood where the attack took place and others across New York City began a scholarship fund to help Osborne with the cost of his studies.
h/t: Opposing Views
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