We applaud actor James P.J. Ransome for stepping up to the plate and coming to a woman’s rescue to prevent her from being raped. However, we learn from his recapping of events, that actors always go into “actor mode” when recapping themselves doing anything meaningful. So what did Mr. Ransome do when he heard muffled cries for help? He leapt into action.
“There was something in her voice,” he relates. So he grabbed a broomstick which he later dropped for a metal bar, called 911 and ran downstairs “in my pajama bottoms – no shoes, no socks and no shirt,” Ransone says.
He got to the vestibule in the nick of time. “There was this Hispanic guy in a blue sweatshirt choking my neighbor and pulling his [sex organ] out,” he told Page Six’s Lisa Marsh. “I pictured my mom, my girlfriend and every girl I’ve ever loved and thought, ‘Vengeance is mine.’ ”
The would-be rapist took off on Eldridge Street with Ransone – who at a slim 5-foot-9 is not exactly physically threatening – chasing after him.
“I looked north and south and saw him running,” Ransone recalls. As he ran after the attacker, he passed a friend walking his dog and called for him to join in the chase. “I screamed, ‘Follow me! This girl almost got raped!’ ”
Ransone caught up with the assailant as he entered a building on Allen Street. He broke a glass door to get at the perp and then cracked him on the back with the metal bar.
“I said, ‘You rapist piece of [bleep]‘ and heard a crack when I hit his shoulder blade,” Ransone says. “He mimed taking out a gun and said, ‘Do you want to go to jail?’ – and made a bee-line for the door.
“I cried, ‘I’m not done with you yet’ and kept swinging,” Ransone says. Then the cops arrived and the attacker disappeared into the building. An arrest is expected soon.
“All of my friends would have done the same thing, but nobody else in my building came out,” the actor says, adding, “I did what anybody would have done.”
The police were so impressed with Ransone, they tried to recruit him: “They told me I could still go on auditions during the day and work nights.”
Does the thought, “vengeance is mine” really go through anyone’s head? I’m assuming that Ransome was reading a script for the remake of Adam-12, right before he came to the woman’s rescue.
‘Inside’ Star Foils Rape Try [Page Six]