Kirstie’s Story: SUCCESS! Update to Masturbating Subway Creep Story

Occasionally we get inspiring success stories about justice being served. This is one of them. The original hollaback is posted below the update.

UPDATE:  I received a call form the Manhattan District Attorney’s office on 4/12, notifying me that the perpetrator will be arraigned in court on May 6th, and asking if I’d be willing to verify the statement I made to the police.  I should be receiving a copy of my statement in the mail.  I am going to call the DA’s office back, as I really feel it is important for me to be present at the arraignment, although my presence is not required.  (I am starting a new semester at school that week, so if the arraignment would cause me to miss an entire class session, I might not be able to go – I am praying that’s not going to be the case).  I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to make a brief statement to the judge, but if it is allowed, I plan to do so.

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Re-posted from April 8.

Kirstie’s Story: Masturbating creep brought to justice

I was headed home to Brooklyn for the day at about 2:30 p.m. after finishing a final exam at school in Manhattan. I was listening to a podcast and briefly closed my eyes between Rector and Whitehall. When I opened my eyes, there was a man sitting directly across from me (no other passengers were seated in this section of the train) masturbating with his genitals completely outside of his pants. His eyes were nearly closed. I got up and got loud, shouting, “What the are you doing jerking off in front of me?! That’s disgusting!” He got up and headed to the door at the other end of the car. I was so glad that a large, middle-aged man near where I had walked to in the car looked at me and said he had seen what happened. I told the man I didn’t want to let the guy get away, and he offered to help me. We walked to where the perpetrator was standing and stood right behind him. As soon as the doors opened at Whitehall, the perp bolted, and the fellow commuter and I flew after him.

I reached the perp first and grabbed the sleeve of his sweatshirt, bringing him down on the stairs. Three men helped me detain him on the stairs until the transit cop FINALLY came 10 minutes later. During that 10 minutes, the perp pleaded with me to let him go and to think of his family, he also kept trying to get away, but he knew he was too outnumbered to really make a run for it. Once the cop came, the other men departed. After a few minutes, the perp tried to get away from the cop by jumping the turnstile. I ran after him and grabbed him from behind by the belt, bringing him down to the ground. He resisted arrest, but the cop was finally able to handcuff him and he was arrested and taken into custody for public drunkenness and lewdness and I gave a formal statement to the police at the nearest substation.

I felt so good about not just keeping my mouth shut and letting this pervert get away with it. Even if nothing much happens to him, I feel happy with my decision to take action. On a side note, it was completely ridiculous to have to wait for 10 minutes for the transit cop to arrive. I also had to clearly state to the cops that I wanted to press charges against the guy, rather than them just giving him a warning.

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  1. Anon says:

    It’s really encouraging to see so many stories end in legal repercussion lately. I hope this pattern continues.

  2. Beverly5 says:

    I am just awed at your fearlessness and determination in not allowing this man who sexually assaulted you get away. YOU are the one who tackled him twice I believe, and it seems clear that had you not he would have inevitably gotten free. You stood your ground when MANY others would not have.
    I recently was assaulted by a client during a massage I was giving. He kept uncovering himself and I discovered he had given himself a “happy ending” when I left the room at the end. There is more to the story and I would post it and how not brave I was and how I let him get away with it but it doesn’t qualify as a street incident I’m sure (although he did walk in off the street totally fine with the idea that I am here for his pleasure how ever he sees fit). Anyway, you can see why your story resonates with me as I act out the fantasy of having been this brave in my head often. Thank you for your courage and I hope my post doesn’t brake any rules in veering away some from YOUR truly inspiring story.. <3 Beverly5

  3. Enna says:

    Looks like the sercurity there at the station needs a bit more training to get to incidents like this more quickly. What the man did was sick, and if this kind of behavriour is nipped in the bud hopefully it will prevent or limit the same thing or worse things happening.

    What happened to the OP was shocking and it is good she stood her ground (although for victims too scared/schocked to chase after the idiot, that is natural and isn’t “wrong”). That idiot (want to call the pervert something worse but don’t want to offend people) had the audacity to say “think of my family” – excuse me? What about the poor lady he harrased, he didn’t think of her feelings or the feelings of her loved ones. If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.

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