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Brooklyn couple assaults 60-year-old woman after she asked them to wear a mask



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A couple severely beat a 60-year-old woman after asking them to wear masks before getting on a subway station elevator in Brooklyn. According to the police, the woman tried to keep the two mask-less people off the lift when they refused to cover their faces.

The vicious attack on November 13 in the Barclays Center station on Atlantic Avenue was captured on video. Authorities are now using the video to identify the couple.

The 60-year-old woman was waiting for the subway station elevator. She asked a man and a woman, who was also waiting for the elevator, to mask before getting on. The police said that the two refused, and when the victim tried to keep them from entering the elevator, she was assaulted.

Video footage retrieved from the subway station shows the older woman standing in the doorway, blocking the couple. The young man, who was dressing in a black knit cap, black jacket, grey pants, and is carrying what appears to be a backpack, pushed his way into the elevator.

The young woman was wearing a black and white sweater, dark-colored pants, and a black backpack. She also pushed her way into the lift. The victim and the young woman started shoving each other seconds before the elevator door closes.

The young man lashed out at the victim and knocked her to the ground. He could be seen punching her several times in the face and body. The young woman was also caught punching the victim. The couple immediately left the station after assaulting the 60-year-old victim.

The 60-year-old woman was taken to a nearby hospital. According to the police, she suffered bruises on her face and her leg. She was released after treatment.

Mask mandate

In September, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a mask mandate and imposed fines on those who refuse to wear face masks in public. A curfew of 10 p.m. for all establishments in the state was also implemented to prevent people from gathering.

This rule was implemented after the coronavirus cases in the state soared to 3%, which is the state’s highest number since June.

The mayor’s office told NPR that the fine is up to $1,000 to anyone who is caught not following the rule. Free masks were given out by city personnel.

Mayor de Blasio said, “Anyone who refuses to wear a face-covering will be told that if they don’t put one on, they will be fined. That will happen aggressively, clearly. Of course, our goal is to give everyone a free face mask and get them to wear it. We don’t want to fine people.”

Mayor de Blasio added that Brooklyn and Queens are the areas with the most cases. Health officials were sent out to the said areas to distribute masks and educate the residents about the COVID-19 guidelines.

As of November 19, New York has reported 579,000 cases and 33,607 deaths, as seen on the data provided by The New York Times.

Sieeka Khan is a freelance that specializes in politics, world news, health, entertainment and crime. As an aspiring journalist, she focuses on delivering the truth with solid facts and in publishing breaking news with no bias and prejudice.

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