The heroic mixed martial artist, who brought down a suspected attack in Manhattan, thought of his mother before rushing to the rescue of an elderly victim, he told The Post on Friday.
Jiu-Jitsu black belt Ro Malabanan, 44, said he pulled the so-called “seat belt” move – used to drag an opponent to the ground – after watching Samuel Frazier allegedly last heart an elderly construction worker from Soho’s shopping district had hit week.
“The main thing that drove me to action was the fear that he might actually hurt another person. What came to mind was my parents because they are older,” said Malabanan, who also trains in judo and boxing.
“I found out he hit an elderly person and a teenager, so obviously he didn’t care. I just wanted to get him off the streets as soon as possible.”
Malabanan detained Frazier – a homeless man who allegedly carried out “unprovoked” attacks on the heads of at least two random people – and then held him until police arrived.
But he was initially reluctant for fear of being sued or facing other consequences, he said.
“Actually, I didn’t want to get involved because I was afraid that something might happen to me or worse, that I might do something to him,” he said.
“He could reverse the situation and press charges against me. All those things went through my head.”
Malabanan said he made it easy for the attacker, knowing his martial arts training could be used against him in court.
“In New York, you can only use as much physical force as a person has done to you. As I am an educated person…I could be held accountable.”
He said the horrific attacks near Broadway and Prince Street on July 27 were examples of New York’s crippling crime spree.
“I grew up in New York City, have lived here for 35 years and have never experienced so much harassment. I get harassed at least once a month,” he said.
“I believe that in recent years, at least post-pandemic, a lot of people are suffering from mental illness. There was a lot more homelessness and a lot more crime,” he said.
To combat the problem, he said, police officers should learn martial arts.
“I firmly believe that most cops need jiu-jitsu, frankly, to be able to subdue any offender,” he said. “It should be mandatory for police officers.”
An initial police investigation found Frazier was struck without provocation on the heads of a 50-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy. He was charged with two counts of assault.
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