Bronx man, 52, arrested for ‘groping’ an EMT has charges dropped after surveillance footage proves he was having a SEIZURE
- A man who was accused of tricking an EMT into providing medical help in order to sexually assault her was found to have been suffering a seizure at the time
- In a video released by the DA’s office, Aaron Cervantes Mejia, 52, is seen walking on the crosswalk when he stops suddenly and falls to the ground
- Surveillance video shows other pedestrians flag down first responders to help
- A female EMT in full protective gear went to provide assistance, and can be seen on the video kneeling next to him
- While having a seizure, Mejia grabbed the EMT’s crotch and chest area
- The EMT moved his hands away and the DA said it appeared that Mejia did not appear to have control of his hands because he was having a seizure
- The DA office has now dismissed all charges against Mejia
A Bronx man who was accused of inappropriately touching an EMT worker who was responding to a fire in borough, has had charges against him dropped after he became the victim of a ‘false narrative’ and was actually suffering from a seizure.
The charged were dropped against Aaron Cervantes Mejia after video evidence emerged of the interaction between the pair which happened after the man collapsed in the middle of the road.
A young female EMT who already at the scene of the fire was flagged down and rushed over to assist the 52-year-old man.
Aaron Cervantes Mejia, 52, is seen walking on the crosswalk while Bronx EMTs attend a fire
Mejia stops suddenly and falls to the ground and calls out for help from people passing by
At one point in the video, it appears the man’s hands grabbed her chest and crotch before she stood to get up and moved the man’s hands away.
The 32-year-old woman claimed she was inappropriately grabbed and the man was subsequently apprehended by the NYPD.
Mejia was later arrested and charged with attacking an EMT worker. The day after the incident, the district attorney’s office said it would be ‘deferring prosecution pending further investigation.’
It has since emerged that Mejia was suffering a seizure when he placed his hands on the female emergency worker.
While still on the ground, Mejia draws the attention of other pedestrians who call for help
A female EMT rushed to his aid to assist and offer help while another person looks on
The female EMT, right, says the man’s hands grabbed her crotch area and chest
‘I will not tolerate assaults on first responders, who courageously serve our city, especially during this pandemic; and I will not prosecute anyone unless there is evidence to support charges,’ District Attorney Darcel Clark said.
‘Mejia was the subject of a false narrative that spread quickly through the media and social media. After an intensive investigation, we have dismissed and will not charge forcible touching, sex abuse or felony assault on a police officer, firefighter or EMS professional, against the man,’ Clark said.
A closer look at the surveillance video shows Mejia staggering and falling over in the crosswalk.
The shocked female EMT worker hurriedly gets up and pulls away from the man
A passerby stopped to help him and then waved over other first responders who were across the street.
While Mejia is lying on the ground he can be seen to grab the female EMT’s clothing, however he was in the throes of a seizure and did not appear to have control of his hands.
The EMT moved his hand away while wearing her protective gear.
Investigators also spoke with other people in the community who explained that the man had suffered seizures several times before during which he would be prone to grab anything within reach.
Other firefighters rush to help the man to his feet whereupon he is arrested by the NYPD
‘I will not tolerate assaults on first responders, who courageously serve our city, especially during this pandemic; and I will not prosecute anyone unless there is evidence to support charges,’ District Attorney Darcel Clark said
But FDNY Union President Oren Barzilay disagrees with the District Attorney’s findings.
‘In my view this video does not justify clearing him from assaulting our member,’ Barzilay said. ‘A person with a serious medical condition does not just get up and walk away. Not only is this EMT a victim of sexual abuse, she is now a victim of the District Attorney’s office.
‘The Bronx District Attorney has failed to publicly acknowledge that the female EMT was a victim and should not be dismissed on claims of a false narrative,’ Barzilay stated.
‘Women have agency and know when and if they are being sexually groped. The video clearly shows the female EMT jumping back when groped in her crotch area.’
The DA responded to the statement adding: ‘The video speaks for itself.’