Dale Green: Hero

Around 4:30 a.m. on 18 February 2014, Dale Green, age 46, was with his wife in their apartment in the 25th Precinct of Harlem when he heard a woman screaming in the street below. Police Captain Thomas C. Harnisch, commander of the 25th Precinct, said, “He knew from the pitch of the screams that it was serious.” Mr. Green looked down from his window and saw a man assaulting a 19-year-old woman. Mr. Green said, “She was saying, ‘Oh, God! No, God, no! Don’t do this! Don’t do this!’ In my head, I’m like, ‘Ok, gotta get this person’s attention. He doesn’t know where I am, or who I am. So I’m like, let me scare him off.” Mr. Green yelled at the man from the window and then ran down to street level to confront the man, who ran away. Mr. Green chased the man and then gave police a detailed description of him. Police made an arrest. The man had been punching the woman and slamming her head against the ground. Captain Harnisch said that the man was a registered sex offender and that he admitted “his intention was to rape a woman that night.” Many people called 911 after hearing screams. Captain Harnisch said, “It’s an excellent example of how we can work together to prevent crime, catch violent criminals, and keep people safe.” The woman was treated at Harlem Hospital and released. Mr. Green said, “Just to know that I was able to rescue her, because I had a family member that had been raped before. So I know this is a traumatic experience. It can’t be a good thing.” He added, “I wouldn’t consider myself a hero. I’m one person here, trying to make a difference.”

For Further Information: Jeff Mays, “Police to Reward Good Samaritan Who Helped Stop East Harlem Rape.” DNAinfo. 27 February 2014

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For Further Information: Stacey Sager, “NEW YORK CITY MAN PRAISED AS HERO AFTER THWARTING RAPE ATTEMPT.” WABC-TV New York. 19 February 2014

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