Prosecutors: Bronx woman dies 10 days after bank assault, arrest made in connection to death

An arrest has been made in connection to the death of a 43-year-old Bronx woman who was assaulted at a bank.

News 12 Staff

Feb 28, 2020, 10:13 PM

Updated 1,509 days ago

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An arrest has been made in connection to the death of a 43-year-old Bronx woman who was assaulted at a bank.
Prosecutors say Tamara Sinclair died 10 days after she was assaulted by three women at a bank in Pelham Parkway on Feb. 11. However, the defense argues that Sinclair didn't follow the doctor's orders and died as a result of being irresponsible.
Prosecutors say the only suspect in custody at the moment is 21-year-old Reign Hanvey. They say Harney was in the bank that night withdrawing money and that once she left, she believed she left her card inside. When she went back, Harney says she knocked on the door asking the person inside, Sinclair, to let her in.
Prosecutors say Sinclair refused and went to the Bank of America across the street. They claim that is where she was assaulted by Harvey and that two other women grabbed her phone and wallet, but eventually gave it back when police showed up.
They also say surveillance video captured everything. Prosecutors say Sinclair didn't go to the hospital right away but eventually did on a different occasion for an injured ankle.
Sinclair was told to stay because of possible blood clots, according to prosecutors. They say the next day she was found dead in her home.
Prosecutors say the cause of her death was ruled as a pulmonary clot in her injured ankle.
Defense attorney Howard Lee says the murder charge is too high because Sinclair died as a result of her not seeking medical attention when she was informed to do so. He says she could have injured herself in the 10 days between when the assault happened and when she died.
Lee also says his client teaches dance at Montefiore and that this is the first time she has ever been arrested. Prosecutors asked for $500,000 as bail but it was set at $250,000.
Harney is due back in court on March 4.


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