A good Samaritan who witnessed a disturbing assault on two elderly Brooklyn women Sunday — which left one bleeding from the head — chased after the assailant and held him down until cops arrived.
The two victims, who are 77 and 79, were walking slowly down Pitkin Ave. near Herzl St. in Brownsville — one pulling a bag and one using a cane — when the unhinged homeless man ran up to them outside a Shoppers World about 10 a.m., cops said.
Surveillance footage shows the man smack one of the women in the head, causing her to fall on her side and strike her head on the building wall.
He then punched the woman’s friend in the head, causing her to topple over.
In the video obtained by the Daily News, the heroic passerby suddenly bursts into the frame and sprints after the attacker, tackling and holding him until police get to the scene.
“I was walking down the block minding my business, and the guy over there, he hits the old lady, she hits her head on the glass and knocks out,” said Michael, 35, who didn’t reveal his last name. “He hits her friend coming out of the store. Basically I just chased him and held him down till the cops got here.
“He gave resistance, but he’s incarcerated now. You gotta do what you gotta do,” Michael added.
Michael said that although he wasn’t physically hurt in the tussle, the assailant “hurt my pride and my feelings, because those are old people, and they’re ladies. You don’t do that. And on Mother’s Day, at that.
“Certain things you mind your business about, and certain things you just don’t allow,” he added. “And that was unacceptable. If he’s crazy, he’ll get help. There’s help out here.”
Jacaira Baez, a 20-year-old supervisor at Shoppers World, witnessed the incident as she walked to work.
“I saw two boys fighting, but I thought they were play-fighting. And I saw a woman on the floor, she was Chinese, and then her friend was trying to help her,” Baez told The News.
“And I saw that she was bleeding as soon as I came up closer. It was bad.”
She said the good Samaritan instantly sprang into action. “He didn’t let him go until the police came,” she said.
Medics took both victims to Brookdale University Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.