Posted on September 17, 2021 at 8:04 am by Carol Tannenhauser
By Carol Tannenhauser
Three Texas female tourists were arrested Thursday at 5 p.m. for allegedly attacking a flight attendant at 91 Carmine Restaurant and Broadway because she asked to see her vaccination cards, an NYPD spokesman told WSR.
Enforcement of the New York City warrant requiring a vaccination test to eat indoors began on Monday, September 13th. The responsibility now lies with the restaurants, which face harsh fines if the standard is not respected.
Among the suspects, charged with felony assault and felony assault, are a mother and daughter from Humble, Texas, and a woman with them from Houston. They are: Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44; Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, and Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49. DAT (Desk Appearance Tickets) were issued and they were asked to return to court on October 5th.
According to the police report:
The victim [who was not named] stated that he entered into a dispute with the defendants listed above on the COVID vaccine card, when the defendants repeatedly struck the victim with his clenched fist causing pain and redness to the victim. During the fight, the victim’s necklace broke. (Unknown value of the necklace). The victim suffered bruises, scratches and redness on his face and upper chest and arm. Worn camera activated … Camera images are available on location.
The cell phone video obtained by NBC New York shows the attack. “Tremors erupted and the hostess’s support almost turned to chaos, with a waiter helping to keep someone away from the scene …”. In a statement, a Carmine spokesman said “it’s a tragic and shocking situation when one of our valuable employees is assaulted for doing his job (as required by city policies) and trying to make a living.”
EMS attended to the victim at the scene.