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Swedish police officers break up New York subway fight

Stockholm police officers Erik Naslund, 26, Samuel Kvarzell, 25, Makrus Asberg, 25, and Eric Jansberger, 28, were on their way to see Les Miserables on Broadway.

By Ben Hooper

NEW YORK, April 24 (UPI) -- A quartet of Swedish police officers visiting New York were caught on camera breaking up a subway fight on their way to see a Broadway musical.

Stockholm police officers Erik Naslund, 26, Samuel Kvarzell, 25, Makrus Asberg, 25, and Eric Jansberger, 28, were on the northbound 6 train at the Bleecker Street stop Wednesday just before 5 p.m. when the conductor came over the loudspeaker and asked if any police officers were on board the train.

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The men responded to the adjoining train car to break up a fight between two homeless men.

"They were lying on the floor, one on top of the other," Asberg told DNAinfo. "We got to make sure that nobody gets hurt... try to calm them down without hurting them."

The Scandinavian officers were recorded by another commuter while pulling the two men apart.

"One of the guys tried to wrestle us so [we] wrestled him to the floor until the police came," Kvarzell said.

Local police soon arrived and took over for the tourists, who were on their way to see Les Miserables on Broadway.

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The visiting officers brushed aside any praise for their actions.

"We don't have [any] authority or anything but we thought somebody might need help," Kvarzell said. "We're just regular tourists," Asberg said. "Is this a big deal?"

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