Sunday, March 3, 2013

New York City: Update--Assailant in Times Square Incident Had Been Arrested in Maine

According to The Maine Sunday Telegram, Deanne Ostbye, 30, of Tacoma, WA, who assaulted a woman from Serbia on her first visit to the US on Friday (March 1), who was subsequently charged with misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment, seems to have previously been arrested in Maine last year [2012].

As a follow-up to my posting of Saturday, Ostbye physically attacked Aleksandra Cvetkovic, 34, and knocked her to the pavement without provocation as her friend, Ivana Lisavac-Bloom, witnessed the assault.

The New York Daily News published a sequence of photographs that depict the blond tourist outside of 1535 Broadway at 1322 hours on Friday, only to be stunned by the assault and injured, which required three stitches at Roosevelt Hospital.

COMMENT: Ostbye was scheduled to be arraigned in the Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday. 

Interestingly, Ostbye was arrested twice last year in Maine. The first arrest was in Portland on an assault charge on January 11, 2012, at the Florence House shelter for women at 190 Valley St.  

Five months later, on June 13, Ostbye was arrested again in Skowhegan on a warrant for failure to appear in Cumberland County District Court on the assault charge. Her address was listed as 10 Bungalow St. in Skowhegan.

As I said in my posting of yesterday, increasingly tourists and residents alike need to be observant of people around them so that they can respond accordingly to counter an attack, given our increasingly unpredictable and perilous world where many people we encounter on a daily basis are either "not quite right" or diagnosed as mentally ill, who may target us for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As I have said previously, it is essential that all foreign tourists and travelers subscribe to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage, particularly in developing countries, where medical treatment may be withheld pending verification of insurance. 

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.