During a Friday morning commute in Brooklyn, New York, a woman was left with a bloody lip after she asked the passenger next to her to close his legs.
Sam Saia, 37, was on her way to work when she found herself next to 56-year-old Derek Smith, who was manspreading so much that she was shoved into the wall. Saia told the New York Post:
He proceeded to press me against the wall and man spread me excessively.
After a long day, Saia asked Smith if he would kindly move his legs so she could have a little more room. Rather than oblige, Smith went off, verbally assaulting her:
When I asked him to give me room, he yelled, “B***h, you ain’t nothing! I’ve raped white b***hes like you, f**king c**t! You ain’t nothing, you f**king b***h!”
But the assault didn't end there. Smith proceeded to cold clock Saia in the face, giving her a bloody lip.
Immediately, good Samaritan Victor Conde, who witnessed the attack, intervened, grabbing Smith by the wrist, telling him to leave, the New York Post noted:
He was definitely not all there. She just wanted him off the train. So I said, "Get the ‘F’ off the train.”
Smith pathetically attempted to apologize to the woman. However, Saia and Conde were not having any of it, Fox News reported.
Following the attack, Smith vacated the train, and Saia went to file a police report. Although after not getting much of response, she began posting about the incident on social media, which is when Chief Joseph Fox of the NYPD Transit Bureau got involved, tweeting:
WANTED for Assault from 11/16 at 7:40 am on N train near 18 Ave station in Brooklyn. ☎️ 800-577-TIPS if you can ID this individual. pic.twitter.com/k0TWOHCZxG
— Chief Joseph Fox (@NYPDTransit) November 18, 2017
Sam, I want to investigate this incident. Can you kindly follow/DM me so we can get some information?
— Chief Joseph Fox (@NYPDTransit) November 17, 2017
Concluding the inquiry by Chief Fox, it wasn't long before Smith was located and arrested on Saturday.
Smith has since been charged with assault, something Saia called “excellent news,” later telling the Post, "This is amazing news, and I’m relieved that he is unable to harm anyone else or retaliate against me.”