Police arrested a New York man who was trying to protect a young woman allegedly being harassed by a homeless vagrant, according to the New York Post (NYP).
John Rote, a 43-year-old Queens resident, was allegedly trying to stop Matthew Roesch, a 49-year-old homeless man, who had allegedly cornered a woman and allegedly told her “If you don’t give me a dollar, I’m going to take your purse,” according to the New York Post (NYP).
Upon seeing the alleged attempted robbery, sources said Rote reached into his backpack and removed a firearm, yelling “Get away from her!’ before firing two warning shots into the air, per NYP.
NEW: New York man John Rote has been arrested after he saved a woman from getting robbed by a homeless man in a Manhattan subway station.
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On Tuesday evening, Rote noticed that a woman was getting robbed and immediately jumped into action. The… pic.twitter.com/1vbhjowNpl
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Prosecutors charged Rote with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment and menacing, NYP reported.
Prosecutors requested Rote be held on a $10,000 cash bond, which Judge Jay Weiner granted, according to NYP. (Read more from “New Yorker Arrested After Trying to Save Woman’s Life” HERE)
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