A Filipina American woman knocked down by a man suspected of stealing a cell phone in Times Square has died of her injuries, reports ABC7.
“They just pulled the plug on her. she’s gone,” Maria Ambrocio’s brother Carlito texted The New York Post Sunday night.
“It is a horrible thing. I don’t know what to tell you,” friend Emilia Cruz told CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon. “I can’t feel it now because she’s gone. She’s gone.”
Oncology nurse Maria Ambrocio died 24 hours after being knocked to the ground.
Police say the man was being chased after stealing someone else’s cell phone.
So far the suspect Jermaine Foster has been charged with stealing the cell phone and another incident, breaking into an apartment, but not for Ambrocio’s death, ABC7 reported.
“I hope that he will be charged and, you know, justice should be served, so my friend’s life won’t be in vain,” Cruz said.
Cruz was with Ambrocio when the incident occurred.
“I heard a big thud, I said ‘OMG’ and when I looked down I saw her crying,” Cruz said.
The Philippine Consulate General of New York who has been outspoken about crimes against members of the Filipino community is calling for more police protection for the Asian community and mental health resources for the homeless.
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