An emotionally disturbed man tackled a woman to the ground in Hell's Kitchen yesterday afternoon—less than an hour after he had been released from Mount Sinai Roosevelt—and was detained by an off-duty police officer who happened to be on the scene.
Kwabena Manti, 38, was running through traffic on 10th Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday when, according to the Post, he suddenly "charged" at a woman who was standing on the sidewalk near the corner of West 55th Street. Witnesses told the News that Manti "wrapped his arms around her in a bear hug, dropping to the ground with her in his arms."
"When I saw him, he was howling, he was making sounds like he was very upset and distraught," a witness told the News. Several bystanders reportedly rushed to the victim's aid, including an off-duty police officer who pulled out his handgun and, according to the Post, managed to break up the tackle and "subdue" the suspect until on-duty officers arrived shortly before 3:30.
The Advance identifies the off-duty officer as Ryan Dubiel of Camden County. He was dubbed Camden County Police Department's Officer of the Week this January.
According to an NYPD spokesman, Manti, who is homeless, had been hospitalized at Mount Sinai at 9:00 a.m. yesterday, and released at 2:30 p.m. The reason for his hospitalization was not confirmed, but the spokesman said the stint had to do with Manti being "emotionally disturbed."
NYPD officers strapped Manti to a gurney and brought him to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation. He has been charged with assault. The victim, who was not seriously injured, walked away with a few cuts on her face and hand.