A man on a Los Angeles County train has been compared to a superhero after he subdued a disorderly rider who was threatening fellow passengers (video below).
The heroic occurrence, which was caught on video, shows a shirtless man confronting several passengers on the La Brea line from Crenshaw to the Culver City station in Los Angeles County, California.
Around 9:00 pm on March 19, the unruly passenger antagonized various people during the ride, one of whom used his bike in order to stop the man’s advances. Just as the situation with the disruptive passenger began to escalate, a passenger, fitness trainer Adrian Kaczmarek, subdued the instigator with a rear-naked choke and threw him towards the floor.
"I finally saw it escalating to the point where he was getting physical and people are getting pushed around," Kaczmarek told KNBC News after the incident. "The whole thing is about to explode. I thought the best thing to do was go over there and subdue him."
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In the video, Kaczmarek appears to come out of nowhere to take control of the situation.
"I didn’t want to come up behind him and turn him around and say 'Stop!' because that wasn’t going to work," he explained to KCBS. "So, I just wanted to be able to defuse the situation, ideally choke him out and put him down on the floor and stay on top of him until authorities got there."
The fitness trainer held the rowdy man on the floor with his foot.
"That guys foot was like Thor's hammer," commented Dustin Cleveland on a YouTube video of the incident. "Can't be moved lol."
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Kaczmarek was able to subdue the passenger until Metro police arrived at the Culver City station, according to KNBC. The 25-year-old man was then arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
A video of the incident was uploaded to YouTube and viewed over 890,000 times in just two days. Several commenters on both YouTube and Kaczmarek's Instagram account commended his heroic actions.
"Good work mate," Instagram user salvmancuso wrote. "Avoided an ugly situation which could have gotten way out of hand."