Teens Attack, Rob Lady Wearing Mask In Store, Accuse Her Of Having Coronavirus
By Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin
Hilton, NY – A woman was attacked and robbed by a group of teenagers who accused her of having the coronavirus after she wore a protective mask into a store in Hilton.
The incident occurred at about 6:50 p.m. on March 23 when the victim went to the Family Dollar store on South Avenue to pick up some supplies, WHAM reported.
The woman was wearing a respirator mask while in the store to protect her from the coronavirus pandemic, and that attracted the attention of a group of teenagers.
Monroe County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene for a report of a robbery.
The victim told deputies that the teens harassed her and yelled that she was infected with coronavirus, WHAM reported.
The woman said that as she tried to leave the store, multiple people attacked her and punched her in the face.
She told deputies they stole her wallet and keys and then fled in a car, WHAM reported.
Deputies found the suspect vehicle near Manitou and Lyell Roads with the assistance of Ogden police officers.
They arrested four suspects – 18-year-old Rocco Gingello, 19-year-old Alexis Gingello, 18-year-old Taya O'Connor, and 19-year-old Nicholas Henderson – and charged them with second-degree felony robbery, WHAM reported.
Henderson is also facing charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and several traffic violations.
The suspects were arraigned in the Parma Town Court and released under the new bail reform to appear in court at a later date, according to WROC.
There have been a number of coronavirus-related attacks in New York in recent weeks.
An 86-year-old woman died after being punched by a woman who accused her of not abiding by social distancing recommendations.
The attack occurred at approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, after 86-year-old Janie Marshall went to Woodhull Hospital in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood due to a bowel obstruction, the New York Daily News reported.
While in the hallway, Marshall grabbed ahold of a metal stand that was near another patient’s bed, according to police.
That’s when the other patient got out of her bed and punched Marshall, knocking her to the ground, the New York Post reported.
The elderly woman cracked her head on the floor as a result of the blow.
The other patient, identified as 32-year-old Cassandra Lundy, told a New York City Department of Health and Hospitals (NYCDHH) police officer that she punched the elderly woman because she “didn’t stay more than six feet away” from her, the New York Post reported.
According to the New York Daily News, Lundy was at the hospital due to having experienced a seizure.
The New York Post reported that she was there awaiting psychiatric treatment.
She was ultimately issued a summons for disorderly conduct and left the hospital without being admitted.
Marshall underwent a CT scan and was waiting to be examined by the doctor when hospital personnel found her slumped over at approximately 5:40 p.m., the New York Post reported.
She was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) was not notified about the incident until approximately five hours after Marshall died.
Sources said that the delay in contacting the NYPD was due to the massive influx of coronavirus cases that have left hospital personnel swamped, the New York Post reported.
Investigators and prosecutors are awaiting the results of an autopsy in order to determine whether or not Lundy will face additional charges, according to the New York Daily News.
She has a total of 17 prior arrests on her record, including offenses of strangulation, assault, trespass, and drug possession.
The attack was captured on video.