Maria Ambrocio, 58, was taken off life support on Saturday after suffering a head injury that left her brain dead, the oncology nurse’s brother Carlito Spa Maria told the New York Post. Ambrocio died surrounded by her family and friends.
Ambrocio, who was born in the Philippines, lived in Bayonne, N.J., and worked at Bayonne Medical Center. Bayonne Mayor Jim Davis asked the public to pray for Ambrocio and her family.
On Friday, Ambrocio had accompanied a friend to the Philippine Consulate in Manhattan and was walking through Times Square at around 1:30 p.m. when "she was knocked down by someone who was described as a mentally disturbed homeless man," the consulate posted on Facebook.
The suspect, later identified as 26-year-old homeless man Jermaine Foster, had stolen another woman’s cell phone and was being chased when he ran into Ambrocio, local news outlets reported, citing police.
Ambrocio fell and cracked her head on the pavement, WCBS-TV reported. Her friends told news outlets that she was unresponsive and rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where she later died.
Police said that Foster was later arrested and charged early Saturday with robbery and assault.
"We want justice," Ambrocio’s brother Carlito told the Post. "I want him to be locked up for a very long time so he that he cannot hurt any more people. Throw away the keys so he won’t be able to get out anymore."
Ambrocio is survived by her husband and stepchildren, according to reports.