Don’t sleep. I mean that literally and figuratively, especially when you are on public transportation. As we all know, Black and Brown girls go missing all the time and the creeps that are doing the taking are getting bolder.
Twitter user @THOMAS_RE89 posted a video to his social media showing a man dressed in all red attempting to kidnap a young woman on a train in The Bronx, New York. The video was posted on December 30 and has well over 100K views and counting.
— Tommy (@THOMAS_RE89) December 30, 2019
The victim was lying against a different man and it appears that they were both asleep when Sonny Alloway, 48, picked up the young woman and carried her off of the train. YES, you read that right–picked up! The victim, who currently hasn’t been identified, luckily was able to get out of his grip and run back onto the train. She tapped the person who she was sitting next to, woke him up, and filled him in on what had just happened. Other stunned passengers on the train sprang into action when they heard the victim screaming. The kidnapper was seen walking away and the video ended.
Shortly after this incident took place, Alloway was recorded being attacked on the street by a group of men (which is also on Twitter) according to NY Daily News. The attackers repeatedly kicked, punched, and spat at Alloway until he was able to walk away. The same NY Daily News article details Alloway seeking refuge in a Bronx deli where he was found by police. According to New York Post, he was charged with unlawful imprisonment.
Yes, this happened in New York city, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen in Chicago or anywhere else. Ladies, let this be a lesson to us all that we need to constantly be alert and always pay attention to our surroundings. Stay safe out here.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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