Woman beaten, robbed by 4 teens for wearing respirator mask in store, officials say


HILTON, N.Y. (WROC) — Four teens were arrested after they allegedly beat and robbed a woman for wearing a respirator mask to a Family Dollar in Hilton.

The following individuals were arrested and charged for the incident:

  • 18-year-old Rocco Gingello, of Gates: Charged with second degree robbery
  • 19-year-old Alexis Gingello, of Gates: Charged with second degree robbery
  • 18-year-old Taya O’Connor, of Gates: Charged with second degree robbery
  • 19-year-old Nicholas Henderson, of Greece: Charged with second degree robbery, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree and numerous driving charges.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, police responded to the Family Dollar located at 82 South Avenue in the Village of Hilton for the report of a robbery.

Officials say the victim stated that a group of people had confronted her because she was inside the store wearing a respirator mask.

The woman claimed they teens said she was infected with coronavirus and upon exiting the store, she was punched in the face by them. Her wallet and keys were stolen, officials say.

MCSO officials say the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, but were later located at Manitou Road and Lyell Road. With assistance of the Ogden Police Department, all occupants were detained.

Those charged were arraigned in Parma Town Court and released to appear in court at a later date.

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