Friday, April 3, 2009

John Koort and Harmodio Cruz: Go to Hell !!

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has with the cooperation of a Queens Supreme Court judge defended two useless, vile and cowardly transit employees who did nothing but push a panic button as a rape victim made eye contact with him and pleaded for help. The New York Post ran an article today in which the victim shed her anonymity and blasted the decision which absolved non police transit employees of any responsibility to help strap hangers in distress. The Post reported her story as follows.

Maria Besedin told her terrifying story two days after Queens Supreme Court Justice Kevin Kerrigan tossed her lawsuit -- ruling the booth clerk and conductor who saw a pervert drag her off in 2005 had no obligation beyond calling cops.

"I held his gaze for at least five seconds, yelling, screaming, 'Help! Help!' " Besedin said of station agent John Koort.

But all he did was press the panic button to notify his bosses of trouble.

The story gets worse. John Koort, the testicularly challenged token booth clerk had company in cowardice. Harmodio Cruz, a train conductor called in a trouble report but did not stop the train.
The victim, Maria Besedin intends to appeal the heartless decision of the judge. When interviewed by the Post, her expectations were modest. She stated as follows to the reporter from the Post.

"I wasn't expecting a hero. I was just expecting a . . . system where everything could be done, call the cops immediately, talk over the intercom, say, 'The cops are coming, we see what you're doing' . . . I'm certain it would have prevented this horrible thing."

Unfortunately, the rapist was never caught. Was his distinctive crime style compared to other criminals? He was a foot fetishist who started off with kissing his victim's feet. are there no criminals who have been identified and linked to similar crimes? Are there victims of domestic violence who might have reported an abusive spouse with similar hangups? It's time for this crime to get higher priority. Sadly enough, a lot of crimes only get solved if people make noise about them.

The Transit employees have made enemies of the riding public. Many citizens protested when plans were announced to leave selected train stations without any employees present during off hours. The legitimate presumption of the public was that human beings in booths and around the stations would discourage attacks such as those endured by Maria Besedin. We the riding public have been proven wrong. I have a proposal for the Transit Authority.

1) All token booth clerks, subway conductors and maintenance personnel must pass the police entrance examination and physical. They will be expected to come to the assistance of passengers in distress. Those unable to meet the new standards would be terminated. Those who stay on under the new terms would get a raise in pay to reflect their increased responsibilities.
2) To underscore the commitment of the public to assurances of subway safety, there should be a subway and bus boycott. For one day, ride, walk or carpool to work to protest the Transit Authority's indifference to rider safety.
3) Fight for the legalisation of dollar vans. I have many times come home late at night and gotten a seat and courteous service from these hardworking individuals who supplement the lousy service of the Transit Authority.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has told the citizens of New York to go to hell. Now it's time to fight back. If they want more money, let them work for it.

I hope that someone adopts this case and chases down whatever leads there might be. New Yorkers are scared. And New Yorkers are angry. We do not want to go back to the lawless days of New York under John Lindsay. And with judges like Kevin Kerrigan, that is a real possibility.






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6 comments:

mark said...

I completely agree. John Koort and Harmodio Cruz are cowards.

William said...

I am not a big man or a fearsome guy, but I would have done anything to save that poor woman from harm.

It's that simple for me, panic buttons, 911 calls, and procedures be damned.

My heart goes out to that woman.

Anonymous said...

What is your source for the names of the MTA employees at fault (John Koort and Harmodio Cruz)?

Magdeburger Joe said...

I provided the New York Post link in the article, which I will reprint with the url below.

The young woman attacked by a rapist in a desolate subway station as two MTA workers looked on recounted her nightmare yesterday.

Maria Besedin told her terrifying story two days after Queens Supreme Court Justice Kevin Kerrigan tossed her lawsuit -- ruling the booth clerk and conductor who saw a pervert drag her off in 2005 had no obligation beyond calling cops.

"I held his gaze for at least five seconds, yelling, screaming, 'Help! Help!' " Besedin said of station agent John Koort.

But all he did was press the panic button to notify his bosses of trouble.

Besedin's ride through hell began on a Queens-bound G train when a sicko, the only other person in her car, began touching her feet. She jumped away, but in the commotion, missed her station, Greenpoint Avenue in Brooklyn.

She got off at 21st Street in Long Island City, where the same sex fiend began lick ing her feet.

She bolted and he chased her up the staircase, where she tried frantically to signal Koort with her eyes that she was in desperate trouble.

But Koort never left his booth and didn't try to scare the attacker using his micro phone.

Said Besedin, "I always hear announce ments over the intercom towards lower levels of the trains, 'This and this train isn't running' or 'Service has been stopped to here and here. Come back upstairs' or -- even if someone jumps the turnstiles -- 'Hey, where are you going?' -- but unfortunately, he couldn't even do that," she said.

The rapist dragged her down the stairs.

"I had been violated and raped on the stairs on the lower level and then dragged over to a tool-box kind of thing and raped," the petite Besedin said in a shaky voice. "I had lost all my dignity."

Harmodio Cruz, a conductor on a train leav ing the station while the attack was under way, called in a trouble report but never stopped the train.

The rapist at one point told his terrified victim, "If you don't stop screaming, I'll do this," grabbing her by the scruff of the neck and hang ing her over the train tracks.

"I thought I was as good as dead," she said.

Since the attack, Besedin, who came to the United States from Russia when she was 7, has struggled with living in the city -- where the cheapest means of transportation is the one that frightens her the most.

She dropped out of a graduate psychology program at Fordham University in The Bronx because she couldn't handle riding the D train.

Besedin said she struggles with depression and posttraumatic-stress syndrome, braving nightmares and "awful, awful anxiety."

"I really lost four years of my life from this," she said. "All my hopes and dreams, to go to graduate school, to write."

The NYU graduate particularly misses going to the art exhibits at PS 1 in Long Island City, but can't handle taking the subway to the same stop where the awful attack took place.

"I'd be reminded of what happened to me," she said. "I just felt I was robbed of the joy I felt."

The workers' calls brought cops to the station 10 minutes later, but the rapist escaped up a different staircase -- and is still at large.

Besedin said she hadn't heard from the NYPD in about three years, when police asked to take a picture of her to show to a man who admitted to a string of rapes.

"They said the man had confessed to his crimes and he would ID me if I was one of his victims," she said. "Nothing happened after that. I didn't hear from them again."

Speaking of the transit employees, she said, "I wasn't expecting a hero. I was just expecting a . . . system where everything could be done, call the cops immediately, talk over the intercom, say, 'The cops are coming, we see what you're doing' . . . I'm certain it would have prevented this horrible thing."

The soft-spoken 25-year-old said she's "still in shock" over the judge's decision and feels let down by the justice system.

Her lawyer, Chris Seeger, plans an appeal.

"It's so hard for me to process this whole thing, because I wanted every woman out there to be safe and not to have to experience anything like I did," Besedin said.

"I thought the judge would be able to see how crucial an issue it is," she said. "Especially now that the MTA wants to charge us even more to ride their unsafe trains."

http://www.nypost.com/seven/04032009/news/regionalnews/my_unending_rape_horror_162724.htm?page=0

Anonymous said...

John Koort and Harmodio Cruz....I hope you don't have daughters or wives or mothers. They would be ashamed of you today.

Anonymous said...

From this moment forward I will refuse to use any MTA services until their policy changes, and everyone involved in the incident apologizes in person to the victim.
Furthermore I will encourage all of my friends and family to avoid using MTA services as well. I suggest that each and everyone of you do the same.