New York – Three Texas women were arrested Tuesday in an attack on a hostess at Carmine’s Italian restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Last month’s incident reportedly stemmed from all New York City restaurants showing proof of required vaccinations.
The controversy escalated after three women showed documents of COVID-19 vaccination, but two men who attended the party did not have proof.
Sally Rachel Lewis, 49, and Kaita Nkiinge Rankin, 44, and Tyony Keshaye Rankin, 21, of Houston, were accused of punching and hitting the hostess multiple times. According to police officials, the trio also broke his necklace during the fight.
The trio later claimed that the hostess, who is white, spoke condescendingly to them and used racial slurs. A lawyer representing the restaurant contested that claim.
All three women are accused of assault and harassment. All three were released on their own identities and the cases were adjourned till November 18, 2021.
A spokesman for Carmine’s Italian restaurant said in the days following the attack, “It is a shocking and sad situation when one of our valued employees is attacked for doing her job – as required by city policies.” — and trying to survive.” “Our focus right now is taking care of our staff and the rest of our restaurant family. We are a family-style restaurant, and this is what any of our employees should ever endure and see any customer.”