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Bystanders help stop sexual assault outside Courthouse Metro station

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ARLINGTON, Va. - A Chantilly man who helped stop a sexual assault just steps from the Courthouse Metro station early Saturday morning is talking about the scare.  Mitchell Baltimore, a 24-year-old northern Virginia college student, says he did what he hopes anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation would do.

Baltimore told FOX 5 he doesn't want to be known as a hero.

"Implying that someone is a hero implies that they did something that was out of the norm," he said, explaining his reasoning.  

It was Saturday at about 3:30 a.m. when police say a 31-year-old woman got off the Metro at the Courthouse station.  They say 27-year-old Ryan Dean followed her and threw her into a bush near the corner of Veitch Street and Wilson Blvd.

At about the same time, Baltimore says he and three of his buddies were coming out of the Metro station when he says he heard some sort of yelling.

"I said, 'Hey!' They said, 'Help!' and so I immediately ran over where I heard sounds coming from, and at the time when I got there, there was a woman in the bushes and a guy kind of standing up at this point."

Mitchell says he asked what was going on and when the woman indicated she was being attacked, he says he didn't think twice.  He says immediately went after the suspect.

"His first words to me were, 'You don't know me.'"

"When I ran after him, I just put my hands on his shoulder; when he turned around, I got a sock to the face," Baltimore said.  "At that point, I used some training I had previously in martial arts to put him in an arm bar and restrain him until the cops arrived."

Mitchell says his friends stayed behind with the woman to make sure she was ok.  They didn't want to talk publicly about their actions.

Neither does Mitchell, but he says he's speaking out because he hopes anyone faced with a similar situation reacts the way he and his friends did.

"My virtues are selflessness, one of them, and I can't imagine another human being walking by someone in that situation," he said.

The psychology major says we owe it to each other to be good to one another.  He says it's not about being a hero. He says it's the right and human thing to do.

"People let fear paralyze them from taking action that they know can help someone or save a life."

"Being that I have sisters of my own, several female relatives which I'm closer to and nieces, I couldn't let that happen," he added.

Mitchell says he's had a chance to talk to the victim.   She's shaken and was a bit bruised up, but is otherwise physically ok.

The suspect Ryan Dean, who has no fixed address, is charged with sexual battery.


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