On a Monday around 3pm Brian Kemsley was walking with his girlfriend at Madison Square Park in Manhattan when he saw a man trying to grab a stroller away from a woman, pictured circled. The man was asked to let go of the stroller but repeatedly reached for the baby as the terrified mother was holding another toddler. Several passerby tried to stop the man and the woman rushed away with the stroller. When the man refused to stop Kemsley, a martial arts fighter, pinned him to the ground using his jiu jitsu skills and held him there until authorities arrived. Kemsley pictured in the black shirt and blue shorts holding down the man behind the ruckus
People started to scream out of alarm and Kemsley decided to use his martial arts skills to subdue the man. Kemsley was filmed pinning down the man and keeping him there even as he resisted for about 15 minutes. 'I took him down and I held him. I pinned him so he couldn’t move…Clearly this guy, we couldn’t just let him go,' he said. 'As the situation escalated…it became pretty clear that he had mental issues. Someone else actually came and took him to the hospital,' he added.
Rangers arrived to the scene and took the man to a hospital. No one was hurt in the incident.But Kemsley says he's no hero. 'It’s not a matter of stepping in, it’s a matter of duty when you see a woman and her child screaming,' he said. Kemsley detailed the event on Facebook, saying his years of studying martial arts and jiu jitsu helped him save the day. 'The limited jiu jitsu I learned over six years ago allowed me to control a strong raging full grown man like he was a baby,' he said