New York nurse who beat COVID-19 attacked, robbed heading to work at hospital, police say

Posted at 7:51 AM, Apr 17, 2020

NEW YORK CITY — A nurse from Queens who recently beat coronavirus was assaulted and robbed by a group of youths as she headed into work at a Manhattan hospital Wednesday, police said.

According to officials, the nurse had just gotten out of a train station around 10:30 p.m. when the large group of young people ran up on her and assaulted her, causing her to fall to the ground.

Martha Toscano, 60, told the New York Post , "I thought they were going to kill me."

Toscano said the attackers hit her on the head and in the face and stole her purse.

According to the nurse and police, the group ran off with the purse when three men driving by yelled for them to stop upon witnessing the attack in progress.

The men stopped and helped the woman to her feet and even attempted to chase the group down.

While they were unable to catch them, police said three of the alleged attackers were arrested Thursday, including a 19-year-old Deshaun Harrison and two teen girls aged 14 and 15 years old.

Harrison is being charged with second-degree robbery, the NYPD confirmed.

Police confirmed the suspects all live at a nearby group home run by New York's Administration for Children's Services.

The nurse told the Post she had been out of work sick with COVID-19 for two weeks and had just found out last Friday she was cleared to return to work. She said her first day back to work was Sunday.

Now terrified and recovering from the brutal attack at home, Toscano said she doesn't know when she'll return to work once again.

This story was originally published by Mark Sundstrom on WPIX in New York.