'Superhero' Benedict Cumberbatch saves cyclist from four violent muggers
Benedict Cumberbatch is living the superhero life. On screen, the English actor is known for bringing to life the world-famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And off-screen, Cumberbatch is now stirring headlines for his selfless, heroic acts.
According to a recent report, in a London incident that allegedly took place in November, the 41-year-old actor emerged all brazen, jumping in on to action when he saw a cyclist being mugged by four assailants.
Not only did the star, who is known for his crime-solving prowess on the BBC series 'Sherlock', leap out of his vehicle to help the victim, but also reports claim that he chased after the assailants in a truly heroic moment.
The real-life case of robbery involving Cumberbatch has come to attention only after the driver of the vehicle (an Uber cab), Manuel Dias, came forward with his account.
Recalling the course of events that unfolded on Marylebone High Street, just around the corner from Sherlock's fictional Baker Street home, the Uber driver told outlets, "The cyclist was lucky, Benedict’s a superhero."
“Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in the cyclist could have been seriously injured,” reports quoted him as saying.
Since reports of Cumberbatch's heroic deed making the rounds, Deliveroo, the U.K. food-delivery service, for whom the cyclist was working, has also taken to social media to extend their gratitude to the actor.
In a tweet shared on Sunday, the company wrote, “Thank you, Benedict Cumberbatch, for your brave actions. Deliveroo riders are heroes — their safety is our priority and any violence against them is totally unacceptable,” the company wrote on Twitter. “So on behalf of everyone at deliveroo: thank you.”
While the actor has not mentioned about the incident so far, London’s Metropolitan Police is said to have released a statement in connection with the mugging case.
“One of the males attempted to grab the victim’s cycle. The victim dismounted and removed his helmet. He was then punched in the face, struck on the head and hit with his helmet. The group then headed off along Marylebone Road towards Baker Street. Nothing was reported stolen. The victim did not require hospital treatment. No arrests have been made," read the statement, as shared by EW.