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Monday, 16 November 2020

Good Samaritan uses jiu jitsu to pin down man who tried to snatch a baby in New York City's Madison Square Park

 A Good Samaritan stopped a man from attempting to kidnap a baby out of its stroller in broad daylight at a New York City park by using his martial arts skills to pin him down.  

On Monday around 3pm Brian Kemsley was walking with his girlfriend at Madison Square Park in Manhattan when he saw a man trying to grab a stroller away from a woman.

The man was asked to let go of the stroller but repeatedly reached for the baby as the terrified mother was holding another toddler.

'He was saying things like, "How do you know it’s her baby, this could be my baby,"' Kemsley recalled to PIX11.


Good Samaritan Brian Kemsley used his martial art skills to stop a man who tried to kidnap a baby from a stroller at Madison Square Park in Manhattan on Monday

Good Samaritan Brian Kemsley used his martial art skills to stop a man who tried to kidnap a baby from a stroller at Madison Square Park in Manhattan on Monday

On Monday around 3pm Brian Kemsley was walking with his girlfriend at Madison Square Park in Manhattan when he saw a man trying to grab a stroller away from a woman, pictured circled. The man was asked to let go of the stroller but repeatedly reached for the baby as the terrified mother was holding another toddler

On Monday around 3pm Brian Kemsley was walking with his girlfriend at Madison Square Park in Manhattan when he saw a man trying to grab a stroller away from a woman, pictured circled. The man was asked to let go of the stroller but repeatedly reached for the baby as the terrified mother was holding another toddler

Several passerby tried to stop the man and the woman rushed away with the stroller

Several passerby tried to stop the man and the woman rushed away with the stroller

When the man refused to stop Kemsley, a martial arts fighter, pinned him to the ground using his jiu jitsu skills and pinned him there until authorities arrived.
Kemsley pictured in the black shirt and blue shorts holding down the man behind the rucus

When the man refused to stop Kemsley, a martial arts fighter, pinned him to the ground using his jiu jitsu skills and held him there until authorities arrived. Kemsley pictured in the black shirt and blue shorts holding down the man behind the ruckus

Another person helped by sitting on the legs of the man who tried to grab the child until help arrived at the scene

Another person helped by sitting on the legs of the man who tried to grab the child until help arrived at the scene

People started to scream out of alarm and Kemsley decided to use his martial arts skills to subdue the man.

Kemsley was filmed pinning down the man and keeping him there even as he resisted for about 15 minutes.

'I took him down and I held him. I pinned him so he couldn’t move…Clearly this guy, we couldn’t just let him go,' he said.

'As the situation escalated…it became pretty clear that he had mental issues. Someone else actually came and took him to the hospital,' he added.


Kemsley was filmed pinning down the man and keeping him there even as he resisted for about 15 minutes. 'I took him down and I held him. I pinned him so he couldn¿t move¿Clearly this guy, we couldn¿t just let him go,' he said

Kemsley was filmed pinning down the man and keeping him there even as he resisted for about 15 minutes. 'I took him down and I held him. I pinned him so he couldn’t move…Clearly this guy, we couldn’t just let him go,' he said

Rangers arrived to the scene and took the man to a hospital. No one was hurt in the incident

Rangers arrived to the scene and took the man to a hospital. No one was hurt in the incident

Kemsley detailed the event on Facebook, saying his years of studying martial arts and jiu jitsu helped him save the day. 'The limited jiu jitsu I learned over six years ago allowed me to control a strong raging full grown man like he was a baby,' he said

Kemsley detailed the event on Facebook, saying his years of studying martial arts and jiu jitsu helped him save the day. 'The limited jiu jitsu I learned over six years ago allowed me to control a strong raging full grown man like he was a baby,' he said

'It¿s not a matter of stepping in, it¿s a matter of duty when you see a woman and her child screaming,' he said on his act of heroism

'It’s not a matter of stepping in, it’s a matter of duty when you see a woman and her child screaming,' he said on his act of heroism 

Kemsley detailed the event on Facebook, saying his years of studying martial arts and jiu jitsu helped him save the day.

'The limited jiu jitsu I learned over six years ago allowed me to control a strong raging full grown man like he was a baby,' he said.

Rangers arrived to the scene and took the man to a hospital. No one was hurt in the incident.

But Kemsley says he's no hero.  

'It’s not a matter of stepping in, it’s a matter of duty when you see a woman and her child screaming,' he said.  

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