Hailing from Texas, United States, Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49, Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44, and Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, recently visited New York, USA. Lewis is from Houston, Texas while both Kaeita and Tyonnie are from Humble, Texas.
At around 4:50 p.m. on September 16, 2021, the trio went to Carmine’s Italian Restaurant on Broadway on the Upper West Side in New York City, New York, United States. They decided to attack the hostess, 24, who asked them to show proof of getting the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in order to dine in the restaurant, which is part of the city’s executive order that recently went into effect.
Lewis, Kaeita and Tyonnie were caught on camera repeatedly punching the hostess in the face and body. The hostess had bruises and scratches on her face, chest and arm and her necklace broke, according to the New York City Police Department.
The victim was sent to the hospital. Carmine’s Italian Restaurant’s owner Jeffrey Bank told the New York Daily News that she is “extremely shook up” and the attack is inexcusable and ridiculous.
“I’m 100 percent innocent,” Kaeita told the publication. “I’m going to talk to my lawyer and see what he allows me to say but I can tell you It’s not true.”
According to Kaeita, she, Tyonnie and Lewis were not the aggressors. After receiving desk appearance tickets for assault, the three were released and ordered to appear in court on October 5, 2021.
“It’s a shocking and tragic situation when one of our valued employees is assaulted for doing their job as required by city policies and trying to make a living,” Fox 5 New York quoted a Carmine’s Italian Restaurant spokesperson as saying. “Our focus right now is caring for our employee and the rest of our restaurant family. We are a family-style restaurant and this is the absolute last experience any of our employees should ever endure and any customers witness.”