2006-07-14 / Community

Mother And Daughter Beat Man On Beach

By Brian Magoolaghan

Mom goes to jail: Police lead Sonia Torres into the 100 Precinct stationhouse.
Mom goes to jail: Police lead Sonia Torres into the 100 Precinct stationhouse.

A mother and daughter were arrested Sunday after they punched and scratched a man in a dustup with other beachgoers on Beach 116 Street, police said.

The mother and daughter from Brooklyn allegedly punched and scratched a man - causing a cut on his face and scratches on his back, after they got into an altercation on the sand, according to court records.

The fight went off at about 3:50 p.m. last Sunday on Rockaway's busiest beach. Witnesses said other beachgoers were brought into the fray, which eventually involved about seven people and could have quickly escalated if others in the large beach-going crowd were angered.

Contacted at home this week by The Wave, Sonia Torres, 42, aka Sonia Rodriguez said the fight began when another female beachgoer was annoyed by a group of children playing with a Nerf football. Torres said the woman complained after being stuck by the ball and that she stuck up for the kid. The female beachgoer "just looked at me and went crazy," Torres said. She also said her alleged victim, Patrick Alonso or Mt. Vernon, "had nothing to do with it," but got dragged in when he pushed her daughter, Carolyn Torres.

Records obtained by The Wave do not clearly state how the fight got started, only that the mother and daughter Torres "punched [Alonso] in the face causing a laceration to the right eye and scratches to his back area as well as substantial pain."

Alonso was taken to Peninsula Hospital Center by EMS.

The Torres women are each charged with one count of assault and one count of harassment.

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