August 3, 2015
By Jeff Goldman
NEW YORK — An off-duty Camden County police officer halted a homeless man’s attempt to attack a woman on a New York street on Sunday.
Ryan Dubiel subdued the 38-year-old suspect when he saw the vagrant charge at a woman at the corner of 10th Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan around 3:20 p.m., NYPost.com.
Kwabena Nantwi wrapped his arms around the woman and pulled her to the ground, according to NYDailyNews.com.
Several Good Samaritans also tried to help her before the off-duty officer drew his gun on Nantwi, the News also said.
Kwabena Nantwi had been released from a mental institution earlier Sunday, the Post said.
Dubiel held Nantwi until the NYPD arrived.
The 29-year-old woman’s hand was cut during the attack.
Dubiel had previously been named the Camden County Police Department’s Officer of the Week in January. He was honored after arresting a woman who shot a man when the fugitive threatened her with a gun, according to police. The officer responded after gunshots were fired in an alleyway in Camden. The man was also arrested and a loaded Sterling .22 Long Rifle handgun was recovered.
Dubiel worked as an officer in Edgewater Park, Galloway, Seaside Heights and Union City before joining the Camden County Police Department in March 2013.