An 86-year-old woman has died after reportedly being punched in the face at a Brooklyn hospital by another patient for apparently not properly “social distancing.”
The elderly woman, Janie Marshall, was seeking treatment for a bowel blockage when she was allegedly assaulted, law enforcement sources told the New York Post.
“Marshall was in the emergency room at the city-run Woodhull Medical Center when she was smacked in the face by a 32-year-old patient, who was awaiting psychiatric treatment and got out of her nearby bed to launch the unprovoked attack, sources said,” the Post report said.
The victim was “knocked off her feet and cracked her head on the floor” on Saturday afternoon, sources claimed.
According to the newspaper, the attack was captured on video.
After the assault, Marshall was sent for a CT scan, the report said. However, she was found dead at around 5:40 p.m., apparently succumbing to the head injury while awaiting her exam.
The unnamed alleged attacker, who has an apparent record of arrests, told a Health and Hospitals Corp. police officer that she punched the elderly woman because she “didn’t stay more than 6 feet away.”
“The alleged assailant was issued a summons for disorderly conduct by hospital police and left the hospital without being admitted,” the report noted.
The deceased woman’s friends and neighbors described her as kind.
“She would always ask me if she could do something for me,” a neighbor of the victim, identified as Ms. Calloway, said of Marshall.
There have been additional reports of coronavirus-related crime over the past three weeks. For example, as noted Wednesday, a 26-year-old man’s coronavirus-themed social media video, where he filmed himself licking various deodorants in a Missouri Walmart, landed him an arrest and a charge of terrorist threat.
The Daily Wire reported:
In the video that was taped on March 11, Cody Lee Pfister asks viewers, “Who’s scared of coronavirus?” before licking deodorant sticks out for purchase.
Pfister was charged by the Warren County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with a terrorist threat in the second degree, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“Pfister ‘knowingly caused a false belief or fear that a condition involving danger to life existed,’ court documents state, adding that he acted ‘with reckless disregard of the risk causing the evacuation, quarantine or closure of any portion’ of Walmart,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.
In another case, a man was charged with terrorist threat after he coughed on a Wegmans worker and told her he was infected with the coronavirus.
“A man is facing charges after coughing on a Wegmans employee in New Jersey and claiming he had the coronavirus, authorities said,” USA Today reported Wednesday. “George Falcone, 50, of Freehold Township, was charged with making terroristic threats, harassment and obstruction after officials said he refused to identify himself or provide identification to township police for more than 40 minutes, according to a news release from the state Attorney General’s Office.”
“Gov. Phil Murphy, who mentioned the incident at a news conference Tuesday, said police responded to a call after a man was in a confrontation with a female employee of the supermarket chain and then ‘coughed on the woman and told her after doing so that he had the coronavirus,’” the report added.
Falcone reportedly purposefully coughed on the employee after she told the shopper to step back further from the prepared foods.