3 arrested in connection to death of East NY woman

Three people have been arrested in connection to the death of an East New York woman in Coney Island.



The incident occurred at the Surfside Gardens Houses on Jan. 21 around 4 p.m.



The victim, identified as 42-year-old Vanessa Rivera, passed away last Thursday at Coney Island Hospital.



The three suspects have been identified as 22-year-old Dwayne Maddox, 29-year-old Jaris Sweet and 37-year-old Mayra Oliveras.



Police say it all stemmed from a fight over an ex-boyfriend several weeks ago.



Investigators say the group was with Rivera inside an apartment when Sweet allegedly accused Rivera of sleeping with her ex-boyfriend and began to beat her.



Police say Maddox and Olivares joined in, and at some point Rivera was pushed down the stairs.



She was rushed to the hospital where she remained until her death last week.



News 12 has learned that each suspect has been charged with one count of gang assault. The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed.



 


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