A Brooklyn actor and rapper was caught on film stopping a pedophile from allegedly sexually assaulting a teen girl on a bus in Queens (video below).
Actor and hip-hop artist Moise Morancy was riding the bus in Queens when he reportedly noticed a man harassing a 15-year-old girl. He knew he had to take action.
"I'm sitting at the back of the bus when this drunk guy gets on, saying all types of sexual s**t to this little girl sitting next to me," Morancy wrote in a Facebook post. "At first he started caressing her hand and I saw how uncomfortable it made her... so she let go and put her hands in her pocket. He then proceeded to forcibly do it again."
Morancy told the New York Daily News that that was when he decided to intervene. He tried to tell him to stop and the man, 36-year-old Pablo Levano, threatened to kill him. Morancy said he gave the harasser, "a couple combos to the face, knees to the nose and elbows to his neck" to defend himself.
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"Don't you ever do that s**t again, you hear me?" Morancy says in a video posted online.
In the video, Morancy can be heard telling police officers, "He was touching a little girl, and then I defended her.
Both Morancy and Levano were handcuffed after the incident, but Morancy was released shortly after.
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"I was really just defending that 15-year-old girl," Morancy says in the video. "He was touching her leg. He lunged at me and said he wanted to hurt me."
After Morancy stopped Levano, he reportedly held him down for 20 minutes while another passenger called 911.
When police arrived, Morancy said he was treated like a suspect.
"They started to detain me, and I was confused," he said. "I felt criminalized."
Finally, a police sergeant ordered the other officers to release Morancy.
"He was black, and he told me I was a hero, which I was surprised to hear," Morancy said. "It gave me a different perspective on the NYPD because I have had prior run-ins with the police because I have been racially profiled."
Levano has been charged with forcible touching, child endangerment, and harassment. He is currently being held on Rikers Island on $2,000 bond or $1,000 cash bail.
Morancy wrote a song about the incident, which he dedicated to the young victim.