Mugger apologizes decades later on Facebook

Published On: Dec 03 2013 07:00:29 AM HST   Updated On: Dec 03 2013 02:11:10 PM HST
Mugger apologizes on Facebook


A man who mugged a stranger in New York more than 35 years ago has apologized to his victim -- on Facebook.

Michael Goodman, 53, was commenting on a Facebook post about a closed bagel shop when he recognized the name Claude Soffel, UPI reported.

Goodman said he mugged Soffel for a bus pass as a teenager in the late 1970s.

He was later arrested and served three months of community service, the New York Post reported.

"You may not remember this ... but a long, long time ago I walked up the steps of [the museum] one afternoon, trying to look like a tough guy," Goodman posted.

"I have never forgotten the incident or your name ... then here I am ... reading about my favorite bagel store in the world closing down, and [whose] name do I see but yours," he wrote.

"Finally I can say -- I'M VERY SORRY that you had to go through that crap that day long ago," Goodman wrote.

Soffel promptly responded:

"Clearly you're a 'bigger man' today," Soffel wrote in response to Goodman's comment. "Memory is a funny thing. I recognize your name now as well."

"Any man who draws a line for himself [and says] 'Today I step forward for myself, my family, and humanity' is a hero to me," Soffel wrote. "So let us now, jointly, put this in its proper place, behind us."

Goodman, who now lives in Hawaii with his 13-year-old son, told the Post he committed the crime to impress a classmate. It has haunted him ever since.


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