Texas women attacked hostess at popular NYC restaurant after she asked for COVID-19 vaccine status

A still from video of the confrontation at Carmines in New York on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (NBC New York, NBC New York)

NEW YORK CITY – A hostess at a popular New York City restaurant was assaulted by three women from Texas after she asked for proof they had been vaccinated against COVID-19, police said.

NBC New York and CBS NewYork reported it happened Thursday around 5 p.m. at Carmine’s on the Upper West Side and cellphone video -- that you can watch below -- shows the moment the scuffle broke out. Police said three Texans -- a 44-year-old, her 21-year-old daughter, and a 49-year-old -- became enraged.

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The three women punched the hostess repeatedly and broke her necklace after she asked for proof of vaccination, which is required to dine inside at a restaurant in New York City, police said in a news release.

The attack left the 24-year-old victim bruised and scratched, police said. She declined medical attention.

The three women were arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief. They were given desk appearance tickets and ordered to appear in court Oct. 5.

New York City’s rule requiring proof of vaccination for indoor restaurant dining, gyms and entertainment venues has been in effect since Aug. 17 but is only being enforced as of this week.

Carmine’s, which has two locations in New York City as well as outposts in spots including Las Vegas, is known for large servings of pasta and other Italian dishes. A message-seeking comment was left with restaurant management Friday.

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