James Martins

Nassau County Police

Police: Long Island Mother Beaten Unconscious In Front Of 3-Year-Old Daughter In Random Attack

October 24, 2018 - 4:58 pm

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A Long Island woman remains hospitalized after she was beaten unconscious by a drunk man as her young daughter watched on in horror, police said.

The 36-year-old woman was driving her minivan in Levittown with her daughter in the backseat when police said 34-year-old James Martins threw a large rock at the vehicle, damaging the front passenger side headlight and hood.

The victim pulled over, got out of the car and called 911 to report the incident.

Police said that's when Martins attacked.

He allegedly punched the woman in the face, knocking her to the ground. Police said he then grabbed her cellphone and continued beating her until she lost consciousness.

"That person got out and brutally attacked that female with her 3-year-old daughter still watching from the car," Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said. "The 3-year-old child had to watch this assault on her mother."

Ryder said the woman was "knocked out cold" for over a minute.

She tried to get up after regaining consciousness but Martins kept hitting her in the face, police said. That's when a group of good Samaritans started yelling at Martins and interrupted the attack.

"The response from the community that came out and yelled to get this man off of that woman was probably crucial and the injuries could've been a lot worse," Ryder said.

Martins ran off and when police caught up with him a short time later authorities said he resisted arrest and tore off an officer's badge before punching him in the face, cutting his nose. Ryder said the officer tased Martins and placed him under arrest.

The woman remains in the hospital. Police do not believe she knew her attacker.

"I think he just chose his victim at random," Ryder said.

Her daughter was not hurt.

Martins is charged with robbery, assault, criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana.