Stranger hugged man to stop three men from following her home
A Good Samaritan has described the moment a terrified stranger hugged him as he walked to a train station – to stop three men from following her home.
Writing on Twitter, the man, from Newark, New Jersey, explained he had been walking in New York when a woman he had never met before rushed over and embraced him.
Before the man could react, the woman whispered quickly in his ear pleading for him to ‘act like you know me’ because ‘three guys’ had been following her for a while.
‘I’m walking to the train a few minutes ago and a woman walked right up to me and gave me a tight hug and whispered quickly: “Please act like you know me three guys are following me for a while”.
A Twitter user, from New Jersey, has told how a woman he had never met rushed over and embraced him at a train station to avoid men who were following her (stock image)
Writing on Twitter, he said the woman whispered quickly in his ear pleading for him to ‘act like you know me’ because ‘three guys’ had been following her for a while
‘I played along then walked her three blocks home. What an experience for the both of us’.
He later explained that the three men had been ‘looking at’ the mother on a train, and had exited the carriage when she did and followed her for two blocks.
The terrified woman then ducked into a nearby store for a few minutes in the hopes of evading them, but when she left the store saw they were standing close by in a pizza shop.
‘Apparently the three males was looking at her on the train. When she got off, they got off. They followed her two blocks, she then went into a store for a few minutes.
He later explained that the three men had been ‘looking at’ the mother on a train, and had exited the carriage when she did and followed her for two blocks
‘She hoped they would leave. She did notice they left, but as she exited she realized they were standing in the pizza shop.
‘She quickly walked and was just seeing women and she didn’t want to another woman in harms way. She then saw two other men but they were loud and cursing at each other.’
It was then that the woman noticed the Good Samaritan, who had a ‘smile on his face’ while scrolling through his phone.
‘That’s when she knew I would welcome her’, he said. ‘She apologized, she felt how shocked I was at her hug.’
‘I told her I thought it was a set up at first, she laughed and said “That’s the New York mentality.”‘
The woman soon noticed the Good Samaritan, who had a ‘smile on his face’ while scrolling through his phone
But though at first the man, who is a counselor and a Hampton University graduate, was worried it was a ‘set up’, he said the hug was ‘too real to be fake.’
‘I’m not going to act like I didn’t hesitate because we’re in New York, people set you up real quick’, he said. ‘Her hug was too real to be fake, and three men were following behind at a distance.’
‘As [we] walked and talked I realized she was terrified – she kept saying she had to get home to her son.
‘After the hug she held my hand as we walked to her building. She apologized for the inconvenience, and I had to tell her it was my pleasure no inconvenience.’
The man added he ‘rarely’ walks down the block where he bumped into the woman, but he was distracted watching a debate on his cell phone.
‘I guess I was meant to be there at that particular moment’, he said. ‘I can only imagine how she feels because this sh**’ never happened to me before and I’m a little taken back.’
The Twitter thread has received thousands of comments from social media users thanking the man for his compassion
The Twitter thread, which has received more than 382,000 likes and 60,000 shares, has received thousands of comments from social media users thanking the man for his compassion.
One user said: ‘You’re a hero! And thank God you went that way. I totally believe stuff like this happens for a reason but we often miss out on helping someone else because we talk ourselves out of it.
‘But you didn’t and who knows what would have happened if you didn’t help her’.
Another added: ‘Thank you for sharing this so that at least your followers wil know that this happens every single day’.
‘Thank you from all the women who have had this experience and for the men who helped’, said a third. ‘This is a more common experience than many know’.