MANHATTAN, NY – In a daring move, a man jumped in and thwarted a kidnapping, saving a woman and two young children baby from sure harm.
The man, later identified as, Brian Kemsley, was walking with his girlfriend when he saw and heard a commotion on the Fifth Avenue side of Madison Square Park.
He heard a woman screaming, and saw a man trying to rip away a stroller from the woman’s grip.
The woman was holding a child of about four, and had a smaller child, around two-years-old, in the stroller. The aggressive man was trying to steal at least one of the children from the woman, as is apparent on video.
He was interviewed by WPIX in New York and gave a brief statement:
“It’s not a matter of stepping in, it’s a matter of duty, when you see a woman and her child screaming.”
Brian Kemsley, a 33-year-old Muay Thai instructor, caught a man trying to steal a baby from a stroller in Madison Square Park — and put his skills to work.
The “rear naked choke" brought him down, while a “seatbelt hold" kept the perp down. ⬇️⬇️⬇️https://t.co/UjeBl33Vir
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) November 17, 2020
Many have called him a hero. He responded in humble fashion:
“The bar for being a hero should not be this low. It should be a duty, a civic duty for all to do.”
When Brian Kemsley confronted the man, he reports that the man was making strange statements and asking questions:
“The man is saying things like, ‘How do you know this isn’t my baby? Why are you helping her? This could be my baby, you don’t know that’”
Mr. Kemsley has a background in martial arts as a Muay Thai instructor, and was able to wrap and secure the man and inhibit his movement, holding him at the scene on the ground until police could arrive. Kemsley said he applied a “rear naked choke” to bring the man down, and then secured him with a “seatbelt hold.”
“Throughout the whole thing, it became clear that this man actually had mental issues.
I realized that the man, who kept itching for a fight, was also unwell, at one point appearing to think he was speaking to President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.”
Brian Kemsley Foils Attempted Kidnapping of a baby
in Madison Square Park, Manhattan, NY. https://t.co/PZH2SNkrlG USA DNC GOP NYPD
— Gadea (@Gadea) November 17, 2020
Kemsley said that despite having trained in martial arts, including jiujitsu for a decade, he was “worried about passing out and losing my grip” by the end of the 15 minutes:
“Here’s the thing, I don’t enjoy jiujitsu (versus Muay Thai), I don’t think training is particularly fun, but I have a lot of respect for it as it is absolutely essential in a street fight and self-defense.
I’d like to point out that when it comes to community security, that smashing someone should not be the priority.
We’re not supposed to show up with sticks and start beating people. The priority should always be to defuse the situation safely and as non-violently as possible so we do not escalate the situation.
Kemsley said that as the crowd grew angrier, he realized keeping the man restrained would also keep him safe.
“I was trying to get him away from the mother, and let her get away to safety … But toward the end of it, I was also trying to keep the guy safe from the mob. If I let go, who knows who what people would have done.”
Kemsley explained that bystanders tried to flag down a passing New York Police Department van, but the van driver didn’t stop.
“I think New Yorkers in general tune things out a lot, because we hear yelling and screaming all the time. This one was different. This one you could tell there was a very intense altercation going on.”
Ellis Adams, via Twitter, summed up well what most of us are thinking:
“In this day where most cowards grab their phone and hit record instead of assisting their neighbor I say THANKYOU #BrianKemsley you are a hero!”
— Ellis Adams (@EEAdams2) November 16, 2020
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Horror: Police arrest man for kidnapping of nine-year-old girl in broad daylight
October 7, 2020
PROVIDENCE, RI – Police arrested a 34-year-old man on October 6th for allegedly kidnapping a nine-year-old girl.
The disturbing abduction, which was reportedly caught on surveillance video, showed the suspect literally grabbing the girl on October 5th shortly after she got off her school bus.
Awaiting the court appearance of 34-yr-old Luis Martinez-Romero.
Police say he abducted a 9-yr-old girl in Providence, Monday.
— Brandon Truitt (@BrandonTruittTV) October 7, 2020
The man arrested was identified as Luis Martinez-Romero, a 34-year-old male stemming from Cranston. Authorities have stated that there’s no sort of familiarity between the victim and the suspect now in custody.
Surveillance footage obtained by police showed a man whom they say is Martinez-Romero pulling his SUV up in front of the nine-year-old girl at around 3:00 p.m. on October 5th.
Police say that Martinez-Romero then exited the SUV, picked up the young girl and placed her into the back seat of the vehicle and drove off.
Roughly one hour after the victim was abducted, she was reportedly dropped off around the same area where she was originally abducted.
Martinez-Romero has been charged with kidnapping of a minor and second-degree sexual assault.
A statement from Providence Police commended the officers’ quick work on the case that led to an arrest within one day from the incident:
“This dangerous individual has been removed from the streets of our city due to the swift and vigilant work of our officers who worked tirelessly on this case.”
According to a statement from Providence Public Schools, bus drivers will only hold minor children on the bus if no parent is waiting at a bus stop for a child eight years of age or younger:
“If no adult is present at the time the bus arrives at the bus stop, the bus driver and bus monitor will keep the child on the bus and bring him/her to the bus yard where the parents may then pick up their child.”
Under the second-degree sexual assault charges levied against Martinez-Romero, he could be facing up to 15 years in prison. As for the kidnapping charge, that could carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.