Two incidents of people trying to stop others from harassing or beating people have had some violent consequences.
Yesterday, at West 4th and Jones Street, a 23-year-old Andrew Mindnich saw a woman being bothered by two men around 12:30 a.m. When he intervened by saying, "What's going on?" the Post reports the two men punched, kicked, and stomped Mindnich in the head and chest. Mindnich was treated for his injuries, while the police managed to arrest the two assailants. (The woman fled.)
And on Saturday, a 28-year-old man was killed by a mob of teens who had been beating his older brother. Alex Cruz saw his brother Javier being assaulted from their apartment window in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. Even though Javier told him to stay upstairs, Alex went downstairs and was stabbed by the gang.
One witness said the attackers seemed very young while another told Newsday the gang had been yelling that they were "looking for a victim, looking for someone to assault." There is a $2,000 reward for information about six people seen on a surveillance video.