Four men in uniform made a dramatic rescue on a Bayside street corner last week—but they weren't the usual boys in blue.
The unknown victim of a violent robbery has four employees of Con Edison to thank for coming to her rescue.
The crew heard a woman screaming, near where they were working on a gas leak last Wednesday, at the corner of 201st Street and 42nd Ave. The woman was being attacked by one or more purse snatchers.
“She got punched in the face, she was bleeding from her mouth, they chipped her tooth,” said John Kane, an operating supervisor, who was investigating a gas leak with his crew.
Kane said his team approached a suspect, who then pointed a gun at the group, and barked at them to step back.
“I was a little shocked, a little worried,” said crew member Michael Santeramo, adding, “But at the same time, my adrenaline was going—I just wanted to help this girl.” The man then took off by foot.
Kane, Santeramo, and two other crew members, Anthony Farmighetti and John McDonnell ran after the gunman, chasing him through a backyard.
“You hear something like that happen and you just run right there. You just go right into mode, you want to help somebody," said McDonnell.
Despite their efforts, the perpetrator escaped the grasp of the good Samaritans. They stayed with the young woman until NYPD arrived on the scene. Police are now searching for a black male who drives a red sedan in connection with the crime.