Maurice Osborne is a struggling medical student in New York City. In fact, Maurice lives in a homeless shelter while attending school. However, on August 14, he reached beyond his place in life and did what few people seem to have the bravery to do. He stopped a 28-year-old woman from being raped and possibly more. His story has earned him the title “subway hero.”
At approximately 11:40 a.m. on the 3 train, Alvaro Denica allegedly attacked the young woman in broad daylight on the subway platform at Bergen Station. Denica had reportedly been fondling himself during the trip, and as the young woman exited the subway car, Denica through himself on top of her. Maurice Osborne was one car away, and he saw the sexual assault take place, according to the New York Post report.
Osborne immediately sprang into action. In the interview, Osborne made no bones about using force to persuade Denica to get off of his would-be victim.
“I beat him up. Once he submitted, I grabbed him by the shirt and dragged him to the police station two blocks away.”
Osborne acted alone in helping the young lady. He seemed surprised when asked by CBS New York that no one else would come to her defense.
“I wish someone else did. I wish the conductor stayed. The conductor didn’t even stay. The train left.”
While scuffling with Denica, Osborne did receive injuries. This included a gash on his forehead that needed six stitches. He obtained the gash when he headbutted the assailant. Osborne admits that he feels good that he stepped in.
“I like helping people. It makes me feel useful.”
The “homeless hero” has become the talk of the town. Social media latched on to the story, and Osborne has become famous in the “City That Never Sleeps.”
A group of women in New York City heard about Maurice’s living situation, and they began a fundraiser to help him pay for tuition and expenses as he continues his education. At the moment, they have raised more than $20,000.
Alvaro Denica is being held on $150,000 bail. He is facing several charges including sexual assault. According to some reports the crime seemed premeditated. There are no cameras or manned toll booths at the Bergen Street exit. There is a real possibility that Osborne saved the young lady from more than sexual assault.
What do you think of the actions of Maurice Osborne? Would you have been as quick to jump in and save someone like he did?
[Photo by ABC News 7]