A mother claims she was tasered, beaten and robbed of $30,000 cash inside a New York bail office when she was trying to bail her son out of jail.
Linda Shapiro, 69, claims the incident happened on May 10, 2016 when she went to the Manhattan Detention Center to bail her son out of prison.
She alleges that two men stole the $30,000 cash she had in her purse and that the violent robbery ended with her in a hospital emergency room.
Shapiro claims Department of Correction workers watched the attack unfold and has accused them of setting her up to be robbed.
She has filed a lawsuit accusing the Department of Corrections of trying to cover up the robbery and obstructing the investigation, which has led to a lengthy delay in bringing it to trial.
Linda Shapiro, 69, claims she was attacked and robbed of $30,000 cash when she went to bail her son out of jail at the Manhattan Detention Center (above) in New York in 2016
Shapiro told the New York Daily News that she is still recovering from the horrifying ordeal and suffers from PTSD.
She said she went to the bail office and informed the Correction Department workers that she had the $30,000 cash in her bag to pay for her son’s bond.
Her son, Alexander Nizich, had been jailed on charges of arson and drug possession.
Shapiro says she sat for seven hours in the waiting room as the workers claimed they were looking for her son’s release papers.
She claims the two men came for her and her bag as soon as they entered the room.
‘They came in screaming,’ Shapiro said of the attack.
‘The first guy was big. And the guy behind him, I see that guy coming at me. I thought he had a gun. I thought he was going to shoot me. But it was a taser.
‘It seemed liked everything was in slow motion. It felt like so long before they actually came toward me… He slams me against the back wall, my head really cracks against this wall. I see the red flash from the taser and he jams it into the ribs on my right side. Actually breaks my rib.’
She claims workers inside the room saw the attack but waited 80 minutes before calling police.
At the time of the attack, the NYPD released surveillance photos (above) of the two suspects accused of beating Shapiro but so far no has been arrested in the case
Shapiro said a lawyer who was walking by and saw her collapse on the street called 911.
She was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital but left the following morning so she could bail out her son. Shapiro said she borrowed another $30,000 from a family member.
At the time of the attack, the NYPD released surveillance photos of the suspects but so far no has been arrested in the case.
Shapiro’s lawyer Gerard Bilotto claims the Corrections Department has deliberately tried to obstruct the investigation.
He claims they have only been given 15 minutes of security footage of the attack. The lawyer said both he and Shapiro have previously viewed footage of the ordeal with detectives.
He has also alleged that the Corrections Department has refused to allow employees who witnessed the attack to be questioned.
A spokesman for the Correction Department law division said Shapiro had not substantiated any of the allegations.
He said they would learn more about what happened as they proceed with discovery.
Shapiro’s case is due in court next month.