NEW YORK (CBS 2) — In Queens, a woman attacked and scarred was collateral damage in a larger drama that resulted in another woman being killed with her nose and ears cut off.
CBS 2’s John Slattery spoke exclusively with the innocent victim who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Nikita White is angry at police, saying if they’d done their job, she wouldn’t have been injured.
“Well, I was bleeding quite a bit from my face. I have a scar on forehead and a scar under my hair,” White said.
The 52-year-old singer, who has cut a CD, was beaten and scarred on Merrick Boulevard in Queens. It was 10 p.m. on Mother’s Day.
White said she was crossing the street when suddenly a woman who looked crazed, attacked her.
“She just started charging at me. She lunged at me in the middle of the intersection with both fists,” White said.
To get the attacker to stop, White said she had to bite her finger.
“Because she had her hands in my mouth and that’s when I bit down on her thumb,” White said.
What White didn’t know was that the suspect, 38-year-old Lovette Hill, who lives in the Baisley Park Houses a mile away, had allegedly just killed her adopted sister — Sharon Hill, 58. Her nose and ears were sliced off. Forty minutes before the attack on White, Hill’s neighbors in the building called 9-1-1.
Neighbor Barbara King said the police didn’t show up until the next day.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said an investigation is underway, focusing on whether officers were dispatched, but then diverted to one assault and then to the White assault, and in the chaos, the original call to 9-1-1 was overlooked.
White said she believes she would have been spared had police investigated the call from the Baisley Park Houses.
“Maybe, the chances would’ve been better they would have caught her sister — or whoever did it — before she attacked me, yes,” White said.
White said she is not only emotionally shaken, but because of swallowing some of the attacker’s blood, she’s being treated with medicine for HIV prevention.
The defendant, who is in a hospital recovering from injuries, is also undergoing a mental evaluation.
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