A nurse who was brain dead after being attacked by a Times Square robber has now died.
Maria Ambrosio, 58, was going through one of these New YorkThe busiest place with friends Friday afternoon at around 1.30 pm when a 29-year-old woman snatched a cell phone from her hands and was slammed by a robber.
Ambrosio, from new JerseyHe was taken to Bellevue with a head injury.
Police claim Jermaine Foster was on a crime spree at the time of the incident at West 41st Street and Broadway.
Ambrocio’s brother contacted New York Post By text at 8.28 pm, writing: “They just pulled the plug on that. she’s gone.”
Emilia Cruz, a 70-year-old nurse who worked with Ambrosio at Bayonne Medical Center, said she was walking with him when Foster knocked her down.
“There were a lot of people and we were trying to maneuver,” Cruz told The Post, adding that the suspect was being chased.
“I heard a big rumble hit the concrete and, you know, it was loud so I said ‘Whoa, oh my god. What’s that?’ And I looked down and I saw her blouse, I didn’t see the face and I said, ‘Oh my god, Ning,’ I call her Ning,” Cruz said.
“I said ‘Ning, what happened? Wake up,’ and she was out. She was already unconscious. She’s not answering me. I keep picking her up. Her mouth was foaming. And I said, ‘Call 911.’”
Ambrosio’s cousin said he hadn’t seen Ambrosio for almost two years because coronavirus The pandemic and the family were looking forward to a reunion for the coming holidays.
“This is the first time we are seeing him since covid and we see him like this? It is very sad,” she said.
Ambrosio’s husband along with family members and friends gathered in Bellevue.
“Her friend told me to hurry because her blood pressure is falling and she is brain dead. He doesn’t have much time, so I have to hurry,” Ambrosio’s younger brother, Carlito Spa Maria, said on arrival at the hospital on Saturday.
Ambrosio, a native of the Philippines, was an oncology nurse who had previously worked at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan.
Her cousin said it was difficult to understand the events.
Crime is at its peak in the city. If they are mentally ill then why are they on the streets? They should be taken care of,” she said.
Police charged Foster, 26, who is homeless, of robbery and assault in connection with the incidents on Saturday morning.
He is believed to have started his reign of terror about 90 minutes ago, when he was accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment on Sixth Avenue and 38th Street, according to police.
The victim, who did not wish to be named, told the Post that she heard someone ringing a buzzer to let her into the building.
He let the man in, thinking it was some food delivery guy, and opened his door to see who he was looking for.
“He opened my door. He ran into the apartment,” she said. “He was basically asking for money, like ‘Where’s the money? Where’s the money?’ “
She started screaming and asked the neighbors to call 911.
Initially the intruder started breaking things in the apartment but then awkwardly sat down on his couch and kept quiet.
Then he grabbed her phone as evidence but this angered him.
“He started shouting ‘I’m an African prince! I’m an African prince,’ he said.
The victim, aged 30, said she had tried to keep Foster in her apartment until police arrived, but he fled.
“To be honest, I knew he was onto something so I didn’t want to do much to trigger him,” she said. “I didn’t know what he had, if he had a weapon.”
“I tried to nab him as much as I could for the police,” he said, adding that the encounter lasted for around 20 to 25 minutes. “This area, right now, is in crisis in Midtown with homelessness and drugs. It is not being addressed. “
Police said Foster has been charged with robbery and burglary in connection with the burglary.
He could not be produced till Saturday afternoon.
There have been 15,787 felony assaults so far this year, such as the one Foster has been charged with so far in New York City 2021, a seven percent increase from last year and a 28 percent increase from 2010.
Hate crime has increased by 99 percent year-on-year, while sex crimes have increased by up to 25 percent and Grand Larcy Auto has increased by 14 percent.