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NYer Of The Week: Sergio Consuegra Helps Diffuse Violent Incident Between Motorcyclists And SUV Driver

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This week's New Yorker put himself directly in harm's way for a family in need and found himself in the middle of what became a national news story. NY1's John Schiumo filed the following report.

On his Sunday walk to church, Sergio Consuegra stepped into chaos.

The father of 10 was one of several bystanders who witnessed the recent attack on a driver and his family in Washington Heights.

"One of them threw down the bikes, went up to the jeep and started hitting the passenger window real hard, and then another one, and then another one, and then another one," he said.

He didn't know what happened before the assault. He didn't know the family. But he knew he had to act.

"Somehow, we saw a baby inside. She had the baby in her arms. I guess she was protecting the baby," Consuegra said. "At that moment, I started thinking to myself, 'I got to do something. Nobody is doing nothing to help that family.' And I said to myself at that moment, 'I have to take a chance. I got to step in."

Risking his safety for a stranger, Consuegra approached the attackers and asked for the violence to end.

"And I say to them, 'That's it, guys. Let it go, man. Let it go,' you know, 'That's it. Just go, man. That's it,'" he said. "So we stood at each other, looking at each other's faces, and somehow, they stopped right in front of me."

Consuegra said he wishes he could've done more, so he doesn't think of himself as a hero. But he feels he did the right thing in the face of adversity.

"I must say today to send a message to others that whenever they see a family in crisis, no matter the circumstances, when they cry for help, be there for them," he said.

So, for being there in the wrong place at the right time, Sergio Consuegra is the latest New Yorker of the Week.

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