NY Nurse Beaten By Mob Of Criminals During Robbery On Way To Work
Manhattan, NY – A 60-year-old nurse who just overcame COVID-19 was beaten and robbed by a group of suspects just days after she returned to work.
Martha Toscano was on her way to her night shift at Bellevue Hospital when the attack occurred on April 15, the New York Post reported.
As she exited the 6 train station at approximately 10:30 p.m., a group of approximately 15 people chased her down and attacked her, knocking her to the ground and pummeling her relentlessly.
“I thought they were going to kill me,” Toscano later told the New York Post. “They hit me on the head, on the face. I ran and fell on the floor and they keep hitting me.”
The vicious assault ended abruptly when three men driving down the street intervened and screamed at the attackers to stop.
The good Samaritans rushed to Toscano’s aid and tried to apprehend her attackers, who ultimately made off with the woman’s purse, the New York Post reported.
The men helped the injured nurse to her feet and got her to safety.
“Thank God these angels came, because nobody was in the street, nobody,” Toscano told the New York Post.
The attack left her bruised and scraped, but she did not suffer any severe injuries.
“I have pain in all my body,” she told the New York Post. “My back, my neck, bumps on my head, even on my elbows.”
Toscano said she had just returned to work three days earlier after being home for two weeks battling COVID-19.
When the pandemic broke out, her three adult children begged her to stop working because they were terrified that she would contract the novel coronavirus, Toscano told the New York Post.
“My first day back was Sunday…and then this,” she told the paper, breaking down into tears.
Toscano was examined at the hospital before she was released to recover from her injuries at home.
Her landlord had to let her into her apartment because her attackers made off with her keys when they stole her purse, the New York Post reported.
Her fiancé, Romulo Coronel, said Toscano has been experiencing nightmares since the attack, according to the New York Post.
“Every time she closes her eyes, she was waking up in the middle of the night screaming ‘stop, stop, no,’” Coronel told the paper. “The trauma is getting into her dreams and she was waking up all night long.”
“I could not sleep at all,” the injured nurse confirmed. “I feel like the guys are still following me.”
Investigators ultimately arrested three suspects in connection with the brutal attack.
They were all residents of an Administration for Children’s Services group home located near the scene of the assault, the New York Post reported.
Two females, ages 14 and 15, were arrested, as well as Deshaun Harrison, 19.
Harrison has been charged with two counts of felony robbery, and already had to pending cases for charges of robbery, felony assault, and grand larceny at the time of the attack on Toscano, the New York Post reported.
The rest of the suspects remain at large.
Toscano said she is thankful for the outpouring of support she has received from the community, the New York Post reported.
Without that generosity, she would not have had the money to pay her rent, she said.
Toscano said she does not know when she will be ready to return to work.
“I’m so afraid,” she told the New York Post.