‘Put that knife away’: Moment Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, 67, de-escalates argument between screaming Bronx man and woman who pulls a knife
- Sliwa stands in front of the man as he releases racist insults and accusations
- At one point, a woman with a toddler pulls out a knife and threatens to cut it
- Sliwa, 67, is Republican nominee for mayor of New York City
- Radio personality runs on a platform to ‘pay back’ the police and raise taxes on the rich de
New York City mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa intervened to prevent a street brawl in the Bronx from turning violent Wednesday afternoon.
Video of the scene shows a man handing out racist insults and making vague accusations at people passing by.
“You never fed me!” the man shouts as Sliwa stands between him and passers-by. “You and your father lied to my wife!”
Curtis Sliwa, seen above at a fundraiser in Tribeca, founded the crime patrol group Guardian Angels in 1979. He is the Republican nominee for mayor of New York
Sliwa, 67, founded the crime patrol group Guardian Angels in 1979.
He is currently the Republican nominee for mayor of New York City, which runs on a platform to “pay back” the police and raise taxes on the rich so that “low- and middle-income communities are no longer forced to pay the wealthiest residents and subsidize neighborhoods of the city,” according to his campaign website.
Wearing his signature red beret, Sliwa tells the excited man to “relax” and tries to distract him by warning him that he has dropped his belongings.
The focus then shifts from the man to a woman walking with a toddler.
“Sister, why did you bring your child out to intervene?” he asks.
Sliwa repeatedly tells the excited man to ‘relax’ and warns him that he has dropped his things
Sliwa later said that no police showed up and that “it was up to me to handle it.”
‘She teaches you how to be a welfare recipient,’ he adds. “She’s unemployed now.”
The woman takes out a knife and says, “I’ll cut your ass too.”
Sliwa repeatedly begs the woman to put the weapon away.
“Please put that knife away, especially in front of the child,” Sliwa says.
“I was the only one standing between him and a crowd ready to strike,” Sliwa told the… New York Post, saying the man was “a danger to himself and clearly to others and no one can get into NYC to get this man off this street.”
Sliwa said the man had recently been thrown from a Walgreens on Webster Avenue.
“There was no ambulance, no police,” he said.
“It was left to me to deal with.”
Sliwa is on leave from his daily radio show on WABC to focus on his political run.