NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A woman is caught on camera turning the tables on the man who assaulted her – fighting back and chasing him off.

Chantal Castanon is the woman you see in a video, chasing a man through the subway station at 42nd Street and Grand Central Terminal.

“It just happened so fast and when I saw it, I said wow, I can’t believe I actually did that, I didn’t even think about it!” Castanon told CBS2’s Valerie Castro.

She says what the man did to her moments before sent her in to a fury. Castanon was so angry she says she had to fight back.

Castanon was headed home for the day after work on Aug. 31 around 2 p.m. She was walking down the stairs to catch the 4 train when the man walking up the stairs grabbed her behind.

“I felt the rage coming from my stomach, I was like what did he just do to me? Did he really just touch me like that and he didn’t even care, just walked off like it was nothing,” the woman explained.

“Really quickly it happened but he just like grabbed my whole buttocks.”

Surveillance video captured her reaction, running after the man and hitting him several times.

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“I was just like you know what? You’re not touching me like that and getting away with it,” Castanon declared.

The groper reportedly kept apologizing but it did nothing to quell his victim’s anger.

Eventually Castanon’s attacker got away, surely never expecting the reaction he got. Castanon hopes by telling her story someone will turn him in.

(Credit: CBS2)

“I just want him caught because you don’t know who he did it to or who he’ll potentially do it to and it has to be stopped.”

Comments (26)
  1. Carl Mayo says:

    stay out of new york

  2. Daniel Schwartz says:

    If she was walking down the stairs, and he was walking up, he would be facing her front, so how could he grab her behind?

  3. Gabriel McKing says:

    what IF it’s the wrong guy?would this video sound different
    what IF she push her ass on is hand to act like a victime?would this video look different
    in the world we live in, this is a thing the ALL women got to face cause all the other women next to her is all about getting away with it
    now you show me a men being attack with no proof, just a testimony

    1. Dorothy Cohen says:

      Are you freaking kidding me? Even with video evidence, you’re still blaming the woman? Yes, women lie sometimes, but please don’t ever sit on a jury for a case like this, because you’re obviously one of those guys who thinks its ok to touch women even if they don’t want it.

  4. Does anyone seriously believe it’s this creep’s first offence? No, it’s a pattern, that’s what these losers do. Fast forward 35 years, this same creep is nominated for a seat on the supreme court. Would anyone be surprised that at first 1 or 2 women would come forward? Then soon after that even more? Every woman abused is someone’s daughter.

    1. eshults5 says:

      Wow, yea Kavanaugh is totally guilty based on what? STFU

    2. Scott Creedon says:

      Allegedly. Try your best to not ever serve on a jury.

  5. Robert James says:

    According to what I see on TV about how most women react to this kind of sexual trauma, she will completely blank this out of her mind, not tell anyone, forget completely about it, and then 30 or 40 years later after years of wondering why she’s always angry and unhappy, she will put herself under the care of a mental illness specialist and suddenly she will remember 20$ of what happened.

  6. Dana Warren says:

    Love it!. My butt was grabbed in a Japanese subway, and I remember the rage I felt, because it wasn’t the first time. I immediately turned and kicked the dude in the butt, watching him skitter away. It was so…satisfying.

  7. Donny Dingle says:

    So, he’s guilty of grabbing a butt and she is guilty of assault. Hmmm. Which is worse?

    If she had a gun would it have been a justifiable homicide to shoot him running away?

    1. He was guilty of assault, technically sexual assault.

  8. Terry McEntire says:

    Doesn’t she know she’s supposed to wait 40 years to do anything?

  9. Markey Farrell says:

    GOOD for her!. I just wish she kicked him square in his peanut package. Twice. And again twice more. But harder the second time.

  10. muneshadowe says:

    She probably stopped ten others from getting grouped.

  11. D Patrick Dewey says:

    Good for her! I hope they apprehend him.

  12. Alberto Perez says:

    Doesn’t she know you’re suppose to wait 35 years before you address a sexual assault?

  13. burnet1187 says:

    I enjoy gals groping me. What’s the big deal?

  14. Steven Soleri says:

    Now that is the way it is done. Not 36 years later.

  15. John J KevlockSr says:

    Self-defense, yes; vigilantism, no.

  16. Rex Jones says:

    girl risked getting stabbed or something….be careful chasing perps

  17. mjazzguitar says:

    This guy seems to be incredibly naive.

  18. Gene German says:

    THIS is how a woman reacts to sexual assault. She did not wait 35 years to do something about it. See the difference?

  19. Charlie Whiting says:

    Yes Ma’am, you did what had to be done, all be it risky in these days of no civility. Green shirt boi is a coward perv. Put the animal down.

  20. Nick Cignetti says:

    You are an idiot!!!!!

  21. James Durkin says:

    You go, girl!

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