A New Jersey nurse has died after breaking her head when an alleged assailant pushed her to the ground in Times Square in New York on Friday, according to local reports.
Maria Ambrocio, 58, was removed on Saturday with life support after suffering a head injury that killed her brain, the oncology nurse’s brother Carlito Spa Maria told the New York Post. Ambrocio died surrounded by his family and friends.
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Ambrocio, born in the Philippines, lived in Bayonne, NJ, and worked at Bayonne Medical Center. Bayonne Mayor Jim Davis asked the public to pray for Ambrocio and her family.
On Friday, Ambrocio had accompanied a friend to the Philippine Consulate in Manhattan and walked through Times Square around noon. 13:30, when “she was beaten down by a person described as a mentally disturbed homeless man”, the consulate wrote on Facebook.
The suspect, who was later identified as 26-year-old homeless man Jermaine Foster, had stolen another woman’s mobile phone and was chased as he ran into Ambrocio, local news agencies reported, citing police.
Ambrocio fell and hit his head on the sidewalk, WCBS-TV reported. Her friends told News she did not respond and rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where she later died.
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Police said Foster was later arrested and charged early Saturday for robbery and assault.
“We want justice,” Ambrocio’s brother Carlito told the Post. “I want him to be locked inside for a very long time, so he, so he can not hurt more people. Throw the keys away so he can no longer get out.”
Ambrocio survives on her husband and stepchildren, according to reports.