A Bronx mother pounced on a career criminal after he randomly sucker-punched her four-year-old son in the head in Times Square.
Rafaela Rivera, 42, says she was left startled when she heard a noise resembling somebody being hit with a ‘halfway empty bottle of water,’ only to realize mere seconds later that the victim had been her little boy, Angel.
Once she set eyes on the culprit of the crime, she tackled 34-year-old Babacar Mbaye to the ground and did not let go of him until police arrived at the scene at the corner of 46th Street and Seventh Avenue shortly after 3.30pm on Thursday.
‘I was angry. I sprung into action,’ Rafaela told The Post. ‘The mama bear in me came out. I did what any mama would do. I see my baby crying, it was like why you hit a 4-year-old?’
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