A day off doesn’t exist for law enforcement officers, even when they’re on vacation in another country. Four Swedish officers put their New York vacation on a brief hold while they answered the call of duty on a Manhattan subway train.
According to Daily Mail, while on their way to see Les Misérables on Broadway, the four friends stepped in to stop a vicious attack on a crowded rush-hour 6 train.
“We came here for vacation. We’ve been here one day. We’re no heroes, just tourists,” said 25-year-old Markus Asberg, a police officer for Uppsala, Sweden.
Asberg, accompanied by fellow officers Erik Naslund, Samuel Kvarzell and Eric Jansberger, subdued an enraged homeless man that was savagely beating another passenger on the train. The four of them ended the attack and held down the assailant until the NYPD arrived.
The friends reacted after the conductor frantically yelled over the intercom, “Are there any police officers on the train?”
Once the train pulled into the Bleeker Street station, the Swedish lawmen spotted a homeless man beating another passenger in the next car.
“One of the guys tried to wrestle us so [we] wrestled him to the floor until the police came,” Kvarzell, 25, told the media.
While one officer subdued the attacker with an arm lock, two others held him down on the floor.
“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” the homeless man screamed in the video above taken after the he was separated from his victim.
“Take it easy, just calm down,” Asberg tells him
The badly beaten victim suffered from a bloody mouth and was not defending himself from his attacker.
“We don’t have authority or anything but we thought somebody might need help,” said Kvarzell.
After the NYPD arrived and took the aggressor into custody, the four tourists continued their trip to see Les Misérables.