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A Queens Hip Hop Artist Stops Sexual Assault of A Teen Girl on the Bus

Sometimes, all it takes is a good Samaritan to make a difference. This is exactly what 21-year-old Queens hip hop artist, actor and activist, Moise Morancy, did when he was riding the Q35 bus and saw a 15-year-old girl being inappropriately touched by a man.

The teenager was sitting next to him, and he told PIX11, “So I saw him creeping on the inside of her leg. I said if you touch her, you’re going to have to a problem with me.”

He yelled at the man to stop touching the teenager’s leg and at first, no one on the bus helped him, but then a passenger began videotaping the struggle between the man and Morancy.

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Police officers from the 112 precinct arrived on the scene and put Morancy and the suspect in handcuffs until they got the full story. When they figured out what Morancy did, a Black NYPD sergeant thanked him for helping them arrest the suspect who has been identified as 36-year-old Pablo Levano.

“I forget his [the NYPD sergeant], but I want to say, ‘Thank you,'” said Morancy. “He said, ‘You’re a hero,’ and shook my hand and said I was you 20 years ago and that touched me.”

Morancy said he’s dealt with being racially profiled, but this experience has made him feel better about the NYPD.

He went on to talk about his good deed, saying, “I had to do what I had to do for the girl. And I urge other men to step in to intervene when someone’s being sexually assaulted. It’s disgusting!”

To thank him, Morancy said the teenage girl gave him a rose, and the sergeant called him a rose from the concrete jungle.

The irony is this all fits with the theme of Morancy’s debut mixtape, Chronicles of a Ghetto Rose.

When it comes to ending sexual violence against women, men need to step up and hold each other accountable if they see something going wrong.

Photo Credit: PIX 11

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.