Victim of Lyft Attack Calls for Investigation

(Story via AM New York) A 28-year-old woman allegedly attacked by a former Christie’s International Real Estate agent is demanding that the Manhattan DA investigate the incident as a hate crime. After hosting an event in Midtown on Nov. 24, Jasmine Yvette ordered a Lyft Pool to go home. A few minutes later, the driver picked up a second passenger, Cristiano Moura. According to Yvette, Moura “violently demanded” that she turned down the volume on her phone after a brief noise was emitted as she scrolled through Instagram. After Yvette told Moura that it “was not a big deal,” she said he grabbed her phone from her hands and referred to her as one of “those ignorant undeducated black bitches.” Then, according to Yvette, Moura allegedly began to punch Yvette in the face, head and body, and bit her hand causing her to bleed. Moura was arrested Thursday night, and was given a desk appearance ticket for assault, according to the NYPD. Moura is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 23. When officers arrived on the scene where the Lyft driver had pulled over, at 7th Avenue and West 55th Street, Yvette alleged that she was not given an opportunity to offer an official statement on what happened. “They simply spoke to the perpetrator and then gave her two options: to get into a Yellow Cab go home, or go to jail,” said Tahanie Aboushi, from the Aboushi Law Firm, Yvette’s attorney

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