A Bronx woman died 10 days after she was jumped and beaten for not letting another woman into a bank ATM vestibule, police sources said Tuesday.
Tamara Sinclair told her sister she thought she was followed and set up when three women pummeled her on Feb. 11.
On Saturday, the 44-year-old nursing assistant and one-time Miss Jamaica contestant died, after saying, “I’m not afraid. I just hope we get through this,” and uttering her sister’s name one final time.
Tamara Sinclair filed a police report Feb. 17 indicating she was attacked six days earlier. She was taking cash out of a TD Bank on White Plains Road near Pelham Parkway South in Pelham Parkway when a woman started banging on the glass door asking Sinclair to let her in.
Tamara Sinclair filed a police report Feb. 17 indicating she was attacked six days earlier. She was taking cash out of a TD Bank on White Plains Road near Pelham Parkway South in Pelham Parkway when a woman started banging on the glass door asking Sinclair to let her in. (Getty Images)
“I spent the last night of her life with her. I watched her take her last breath,” her sister, Keshia Sinclair, 32, told the Daily News. “She was not eating or sleeping for the last four days. She was talking like she knew it was coming.”
She was heading into a TD Bank vestibule on White Plains Road near Pelham Parkway South in Pelham Parkway just before 10:15 p.m., when a woman started banging on the glass door asking Sinclair to let her so she could retrieve her debit card inside.
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Rattled, Sinclair refused, then crossed the street to a Bank of America lobby.
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“She just wanted to walk away,” her sister said. “She said to the woman, ‘I don’t know you.’”
The woman followed her to the second bank, and they argued before the attacker, joined by two other women, threw Sinclair to the ground and punched her repeatedly in the face, police sources said.
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A security guard intervened, and the three women concocted a story that Sinclair had stolen the debit card, but when the police arrived later, no one was arrested, her sister said.
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Tamara Sinclair filed a police report six days after the attack, telling police what happened. Three days after the filing, Sinclair went to Montefiore Medical Center complaining of head and chest pains, police sources said. She had a fractured ankle and doctors told her they wanted to do more tests to deal with her other medical issues but she refused and left, sources said.
A doctor warned her that she had blood clots from the beating that could kill her, but she feared she being hit with a large hospital bill, her sister told The News.
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“She said Keshia, I can’t afford to stay. She was determined to go home,” Keshia Sinclair said.
Sinclair told her sister after the attack, she got the notion she was being followed.