Allegations Within the Complaint
On the morning of July 24, 2014, Plaintiffs had visited a bodega near 167th Street & Washington Avenue, Bronx, NY. The next day, they began to see print, television and internet reports that they were being sought by the police in connnection with an alleged robbery that supposedly occurred there. The images used of Plaintiffs in the media were from the bodega's video surveillance tape that also conclusively showed that Plaintiffs did not engage in any criminal activity while patronizing the bodega, and therefore proved Plaintiffs' innocence.
Following the news reports, Plaintiff Nagasta M. was contacted by her employer and informed that in light of said news reports, she was being terminated immediately. After being contacted by members of the NYPD, Plaintiffs contacted legal counsel at Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem ("NDS") and contact was made with detectives for their surrender. Plaintiffs spent about five hours at the 42nd precinct before being taken to another precinct to be placed in line-ups. Both Plaintiffs were picked as the robbery perpetrators and then transported to Bronx Central Booking to await arraignment.
After spending about twenty-four (24) hours in Central Booking, Plaintiffs were released without seeing a judge, also known as DP, decline to prosecute.
Plaintiffs seek monetray relief for the damages they suffered which include their deprivation of liberty, emotional distress, mental anguish, fear, pain, anxiety, embarrassment, humiliation, damage to their respective reputations and Nagasta's loss of employment.
Michael J. Redenburg represents Nagasta and Robert, and Mr. Redenburg maintains an office at 150 Broadway, 808, NY, NY 10038.