Scholarship Fund Started For Man Who Saved Woman From Potential Rape

A scholarship fund was started for the Brooklyn man who reportedly saved a woman from being raped.

CBS New York reports Maurice Osborne, 37, was on a subway train that just arrived at Park Slope's Bergen Street station yesterday morning when he heard a woman screaming.

On the platform, he saw a 40-year-old man who allegedly forced himself on top of a 28-year-old woman.

Osborne said,

As soon as she said that he was trying to rape her, I just reacted.

Nobody else was helping her, so Osborne physically engaged the alleged rapist, who then claimed he didn't do anything, Osborne recalled.

Holding the man by his shirt, the 6'1" resident of a Bedford-Stuyvesant shelter dragged him up the subway station's steps as the victim followed from behind.

They soon reached the 78th police precinct just across Flatbush Avenue, where the victim explained the attack to police.

Bond was reportedly set at $150,000 for the man, Alvaro Dennica, who was charged with assault and attempted sexual abuse.

The encounter with the attacker left Osborne with a severely swollen hand and six stitches above his left eye.

He told CBS New York,

 I like helping people. It makes me feel useful.

Osborne is trying to become a medical assistant.

Four days after CBS New York's story broke on August 14, a GoFundMe campaign was started to raise money for the hero's tuition, according to Complex.

The GoFundMe page explains the reasoning:

In response to his brave act of heroism and on behalf of all women everywhere this fundraiser is to aid Mr. Osborne in paying for his school tuition and all expenses related. All proceeds raised through this page will go Mr. Osborne. Pay it forward and reward his good deed.

The original goal of $5,000 was met in less than 48 hours, so a new goal has been set at $6,500.

As of this afternoon, over $6,000 had been raised by over 200 people.

Citations: Man Apprehends Sex Assault Suspect On No 3 Train Platform In Brooklyn (CBS New York), Crowdfunding Campaign Started for Tuition of Subway Hero Who Stopped a Brutal Rape in Brooklyn (Complex)