January 28, 2005

NYC actress smarts off at thug, gets killed

Logic dictates that you shouldn't argue -- let alone make a smart-assed crack - to a perp holding a gun on you, lest he shoot you for the hell of it.

Nicole DuFresne, of Brooklyn, had just left a trendy bar with her fiancé and another couple when they were confronted at about 3:15 a.m. by four muggers — two men and two women — at the corner of Clinton and Rivington streets, police said.

One of the thugs, who was carrying a gun, demanded money.

DuFresne's fiancé, Jeffrey Sparks, 28, not seeing the mugger had a gun and not taking the request seriously, tried to push past the man.

"At that point, using both hands, he hit me in the face with the gun," Sparks said.

The grieving fiancé said he and his friend, Scott Nath, started walking away, thinking the trouble would pass.

But as they did, the man tried to grab the purse of DuFresne's friend, actress and playwright Mary Jane Gibson. That's when DuFresne protested, telling the thug, "What are you trying to do? What are you going to do, shoot us?"

Ten seconds later, a shot rang out.

Sad. Senseless. Stupid.

The perp got away. 28 year-old DuFresne was prounounced dead at Manhattan's Beth Israel Hospital.

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1 Darwin candidate.

Posted by: Laurence Simon at January 28, 2005 05:39 AM (uBCxH)

2 Given that the People's Republic of New York bans most guns, I am not surprised. If ONE of those 4 had had a 380 or 4" 45 in their pocket or holster, this might not have happened and you'd have had 4 dead goblins instead. An armed society is a polite society! But gun-grabbing leftists in NY would rather the innocents be threatened rather than allow them to defend themselves.

Posted by: Vilmar at January 29, 2005 01:55 AM (D5bFi)

3 Don't try that sh-- in Florida...........the chick'll leave it right on her shoulder, spin that purse around, then shoot you right thru that expensive, Louis Vuitton purse. If I don't blast your punk-ass first. Gotta love getting to fights with your girl over who gets to shoot the perp first. "PAP-PAP!! Lights out, Mother Hubbard!!" "Dammit, Beau!! My life was threatened, too!!"" "Angie........you too slow, Chile. I wanted get home so we can - never mind, let's go. The cops said we can leave. " Welcome to the Gunshine State, where women are women - and the muggers are scared. Dumbass NY white liberals.

Posted by: Beau at January 31, 2005 03:30 AM (GpmN8)

4 Hey guys, Couldn't help but enter this fray here, speaking as a New Yorker, it's not clear whether the girl saw an actual gun or thought they were a couple of stupid kids goofing around. After a couple of drinks people tend to act differently too. Even if this girl had a gun what difference would it have made? They'd both be dead. Better a smart NY liberal then a braindead conservative anyday. Don't insult the victim when you don't know the facts behind the case moron. Billy

Posted by: Billy at January 31, 2005 07:01 AM (xo5mu)

5 I knew her for 9 years. I worked with her. I loved her. She would have rather died defending those she loved than cower. Which most of us, probably yourself, would do.

Posted by: blue shoes at January 31, 2005 08:33 AM (ZKCNU)

6 Thank you for your self-righteous piety, blue shoes.

Posted by: mhking at January 31, 2005 08:52 AM (CO/Uo)

7 Right on Blue Shoes. Don't listen to these idiots. I think it's an awful tragedy and she seemed like such a bright, intelligent, talented person and people have no right to judge her actions when they don't know the full story behind what happened. That Beau guy was saying some pretty meaningless stuff and I just was putting him in his place, basically. I feel very bad for her family and her fiance and all those who knew her. I hang at Max Fish/LES all the time and I also live in Greenpoint so I was pretty bummed to see she lived right in my hood too. Anyway, I send my condolences to her family & fiance. Billy

Posted by: billy at January 31, 2005 12:39 PM (xo5mu)

8 Oh, shut the hell up, Billy. If your bad-ass, loud-mouthed, friend had a freakin brain.....she would've given up whatever was demanded - and LIVED!! Now who's the moron? She should try holder her liquor next time..........you silly ass.

Posted by: Beau at February 01, 2005 09:02 AM (GpmN8)

9 Oh, and Billy...........you think you're the only New Yorker around here??? I live in Florida largely because I'm not takin any crap - then getting dumb ass shot - from my fellow hoodrat friends. I left that life behind about 20 years ago. And by the way, your wannabe actress friend aint FROM New Yawk........she's from Minnesota. Or Seattle, or wherever she transplants herself. Clearly she didn't know any better, with her bad ass. Whaddayagonnado-shootme? I'm the one from Kingsborough, you idiot.

Posted by: Beau at February 01, 2005 09:07 AM (GpmN8)

10 Beau- How dare you say this shit? I hope you rot in hell for the comments you have made on this website... You are probably this type of Devil that would shoot someone... What do you think you're a badass? You are NOTHING. No wonder our world is so messed up. It's sick people like YOU that society thrives to live without... Sweet Dreams You sick bastard.

Posted by: annoymous at February 01, 2005 07:33 PM (ugiVp)

11 Guns dont kill. People Kill. If we take all the guns away then no more killings. Stop the violence and increase the peace. One love. Stay true to the struggle. I am crazy for CoCo Puffs!

Posted by: Annoymous at February 02, 2005 10:29 AM (/jU3h)

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