MIDDLE VILLAGE, Queens -- (WPIX) -- Moise Morancy is a hip-hop recording artist, actor and activist who was riding the Q53 bus when he says he saw a crime being committed -- a man inappropriately touching the 15-year-old girl sitting next to him.
"So I saw him creeping on the inside of her leg," Morancy told PIX11. "I said if you touch her, you're going to have a problem with me."
Morancy, 21, says he yelled at the man to stop touching the 15-year-old girl's leg.
At first, he says no one else on the bus helped him, but then, eventually, one passenger started videotaping the struggle.
When police from the 112 precinct arrived, they put both the suspect and Morancy in handcuffs until, Morancy says, they figured out who was the perp and who was the hero.
And that's when a black sergeant in the NYPD thanked Morancy for getting involved and helping to arrest 36-year-old Pablo Levano, now charged with forcible touching.
"I forget his name, but I want to say 'thank you'," Morancy said. "He said 'you're a hero' and shook my hand and said I was you 20 years ago and that touched me."
Morancy, who says he has been racially profiled in the past, says this whole incident has left him feeling better about the NYPD.
And now his video's gone viral with more than 2.3 million views on Facebook alone.
"I had to do what I had to do for the girl," Morancy said. "And I urge other men to step in to intervene when someone's being sexually assaulted. It's disgusting!"
Morancy said the female victim gave him a rose as a thank you and the sergeant said he was a rose from a concrete jungle.
Morancy said it's all in keeping with his debut mixtape coming out soon called "Chronicles of a Ghetto Rose."
KDVR / Arapahoe County