A New York City nurse who recently recovered from COVID-19 was beaten and robbed on her way to work by a group of young thugs, police and the victim told the New York Post.
Martha Toscano, 60, was on her way to work at Bellevue Hospital around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when a group of 15 people chased her down and beat her to the ground.
"I thought they were going to kill me. They hit me on the head, on the face, I run and fell on the floor and they keep hitting me," she said during a phone call with The Post.
The mugging was interrupted by three men driving down the street screaming, "Stop it, stop it," causing the group to scatter. The good Samaritans helped Toscano to her feet and tried to chase her attackers down to retrieve her purse but were unsuccessful.
Local police arrested three of the attackers Thursday, including two girls, ages 14 and 15, and a 19-year-old man. The three assailants are residents of a nearby group home run by the city.
Toscano had scrapes and bruises all over her body but did not suffer any serious injuries. She is currently recovering at home with her fiancé, unsure of when she will return to work.
"I have pain in all my body. My back, my neck, bumps on my head, even on my elbows," she said. "I'm so afraid."