A pedestrian who suffered no visible injuries when "brushed" by a car whose driver was making a turn made a series of phone calls to get money out of him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Instead of money, however, Deborah Yi, 24, got a trip to a State Police barracks, after she was arrested on an extortion charge after allegedly accepting an envelope full of cash from the driver - who had immediately reported the calls to police, the DA's office says.
According to prosecutors, the driver, a lawyer:
Stopped his vehicle in the Seaport District on Sunday after apparently brushing Yi, a pedestrian, as he turned from Seaport Lane onto Congress Street. After speaking with Yi – who appeared uninjured and allegedly told him that she was okay – he exchanged contact information with her and offered her a ride to her place of employment, prosecutors said.
But then, an hour later, the DA's office says:
Yi allegedly called the victim and said that she would not pursue criminal charges or go after the victim's law firm if he paid her $7,000 that she intended to use for a breast enhancement, prosecutors said. Yi allegedly called and texted the victim more than 10 times over the next 48 hours, each time indicating that she wanted money in return for not reporting the incident to police, prosecutors said.
The lawyer, however, immediately contacted State Police, who were monitoring his text messages and phone calls.
At approximately 4:00 Tuesday afternoon, State Police looked on as the victim, wearing an audio/video recording device, met with Yi at Liberty Wharf. The victim handed Yi an envelope containing $3,000, at which time she allegedly demanded another $3,500 within a day or two before they parted ways, prosecutors said.
State Police quickly arrested Yi, at which time she handed over the cash-filled envelope and allegedly made post-Miranda statements that she knew what she was doing was wrong but thought it was a way to get easy money.