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Jealous rage turns fatal as Brooklyn woman accused of intentionally running over rival

February 22, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced murder charges against Naomi Broomes for allegedly running over and killing a romantic rival with her car in a jealous rage.Photo: Ben Fractenberg/The City
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An argument between two women at the Pink Houses projects in East New York spiraled out of control and ended in a tragic vehicular homicide. Now authorities say one woman, driven by fury, deliberately ran over the other with her car, following a heated exchange that escalated to a deadly conclusion.

District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced the indictment of Naomi Broomes, 33, of East New York, on charges of murder, related to the alleged intentional killing of 24-year-old Shakira Serrano on Wednesday. 

The indictment follows an incident that unfolded on Jan. 11, 2024, within a parking lot outside 1210 Loring Avenue, part of the Louis Pink Houses complex. Captured entirely on surveillance video, the altercation began when Serrano allegedly approached Broomes’ car, a 2006 Mercury sedan, leading to a vehement dispute that tragically ended with Serrano’s death.

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“This defendant allegedly escalated an argument by cold-heartedly and intentionally killing a woman with her car then driving away,” Gonzalez said when he announced the indictment. “This shocking and tragic murder was completely senseless and such violent behavior cannot be tolerated. We will now seek to hold the defendant accountable for her actions.”

Further investigation revealed a tangled web of personal connections, with the victim previously involved romantically with Broomes’ boyfriend, who also witnessed the fatal encounter. The surveillance footage showed Broomes attempting to strike Serrano with the vehicle multiple times during their confrontation, eventually succeeding after the victim was forcibly brought to the ground.

Broomes, who now faces charges including second-degree murder and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, was arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice. Held without bail, Broomes could face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted of the top charge.

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