The victim was limping before the crooks caught up to him, video shows.
One suspect wearing a blue hoodie, who appeared to be riding in the rear position of the motorcycle, was holding a gun in his left hand as he grabbed the victim, the Post said.
The suspect punched the victim and appeared to try to grab something off his neck, the paper said. The victim screamed “help!” six times, video shows.
Police said the suspect fired at the victim but missed, the Post reported.
Help is on the way
Video then shows the good Samaritan running toward the scene from behind and going right for the suspect's gun, after which the gunman punched the good Samaritan in the head, the paper said.
But the good Samaritan managed to pull the crook from the motorcycle and eventually wrestled the gun from his hands, the Post said.
The suspect was able to get back on the motorcycle before the other crook — dressed in a dark hoodie — drove the duo away from the scene as the good Samaritan gave chase to no avail.
Here's the Instagram video:
The Post reported that the victim of the attempted-robbery suffered minor injuries, and emergency medical personnel took him to a local hospital.
No arrests have been made, the paper added.
What did observers have to say?
Commenters on the Instagram video were decidedly pleased with the good Samaritan's actions:
- "Hero right there," one commenter wrote.
- "REAL MVP," another commenter said.
- "He defended that poor guy who yelled help," another commenter observed.
- "Citizens protecting citizens," another commenter pointed out.
- "Let's go," another commenter declared, "about time."
Police said the incident took place hours after two men on a motorcycle tried to steal jewelry from a woman near the Guggenheim Museum, the Post reported, adding that the woman fought off the passenger attempting the crime, and the pair fled.