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Good Samaritans help Port Authority police arrest homeless man in Journal Square assault on woman

Photo Credit: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST : Thanks to a quick-thinking good Samaritan with a cellphone camera, Port Authority police in Hoboken arrested a homeless man who they said punched a woman in the head at the Journal Square PATH station.

Identified as Jimmy Phillips, 46, he told police who grabbed him for assaulting the 26-year-old victim just before 8:30 yesterday morning that his name is Denzel Washington.

At 5:30 last night, another witness told a Port Authority police officer she’d just seen him in the Hoboken PATH station. The officer — who had a cellphone photo of Phillips with him — took him into custody.

Fingerprints determined his real identity, along with the fact that Phillips also had two outstanding warrants.

He was charged in yesterday’s incident and arrest with simple assault and hindering apprehension.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY PD

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