The man accused of assaulting an 83-year-old Asian grandmother in White Plains, New York had the charges against him dropped due to some kind of mistake by the police, reports News 12. Additionally, the victim Nancy Toh couldn’t say for sure the suspect 40-year-old Glenmore Nemhard was the attacker in a lineup.
“It had to do with the identification … two detectives trying to do two different things in the right way and that led to some procedural issues that should not have happened,” White Plains police Chief Joe Castelli said.
Castelli didn’t get specific and it isn’t clear what those procedural issues were.
“We obviously take this, and I can’t convey enough how seriously, and how much we feel like we let down the victim and the community here,” Westchester DA Mimi Roach said.
On March 10th, Toh said she was spat on and punched by a man at the Westchester Mall just outside Nordstrom while she was collecting cans to make a little money. She fell to the ground and lost consciousness for a bit until someone came to her aid. She didn’t go to the hospital because she couldn’t afford the bills.
The grandmother filed a police report but had a hard time because she only spoke Korean. There was no translator. Authorities said they are working to diversify the staff.
Nembhard was arrested the day after the incident and charged with assault and injury to a person 65 years of age or older. But now those charges have been dropped because there was not enough evidence due to “aspects of identification that would be rendered inadmissible and unusable,” according to Conan Daily.
“I still kind of feel numb about the whole thing,” Toh’s daughter, Linda told News 12. “I don’t know what to feel … She felt betrayed that she had given her time and her story, and it didn’t come out to any fruition.”
The District Attorney’s office said they are still investigating the incident.