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Jan 21st, 2011, 01:44 PM
Cathy Cruz Marrero, woman seen in YouTube video falling into mall water fountain, facing charges

By Michael Sheridan (http://www.nydailynews.com/authors/Michael%20Sheridan)

Originally Published:Thursday, January 20th 2011, 1:46 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 20th 2011, 6:48 PM

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Cathy Cruz Marrero, a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman, is upset a video of her falling into a mall water fountain was posted online.

A woman who tripped and fell into a mall water fountain is crying foul and looking for someone to sue.

But those plans may have to wait, since she's also facing felony charges for theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

Cathy Cruz Marrero became a YouTube sensation last week when surveillance video of her falling at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing, Pa., hit the Internet. Since then, the chuckle-worthy clip has been shown on television, and shared by hundreds through Facebook and Twitter.

The 49-year-old took to the media this week to let everyone know how embarrassed she was, even though only a handful people even knew it was her before she appeared on TV.

"I wanted to roll up and stay home in bed for days," Marrero told 69 News in Pennsylvania.

At the beginning of the video, believed to be captured off a monitor by a cellphone, the woman can be seen texting away.

"I was actually texting a friend of mine from my church," Marrero told ABC's "Good Morning America (http://abcnews.go.com/US/fountain-falling-texter-cathy-cruz-marrero-dont-text/story?id=12685189)." "I just said, 'Let me text her back, text her back quickly.' "

As she sends her message, the Reading resident walks directly into the knee-high wall around the fountain and falls over it into the water. A moment later, she's back on her feet and soaking wet, while unidentified voices can be heard laughing in the background.

"I was like, 'I'm hoping nobody saw me. So let me just walk away,' " she said.

"Unfortunately, I didn't have anything to grab onto and hold my balance," said Marrero, who appeared on "GMA" alongside her lawyer. "Nobody [from the mall] called to see if I was okay."

Her attorney, James Polyak, said a lawsuit could be in the works.

"We're at the very early stage of our investigation," he said, "but we certainly plan to hold any and all people responsible" over release of video online.

According to WFMZ 69 News (https://emailny.nydailynews.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.wfmz.com/berksnews/26558179/detail.html), the guard who allegedly released the video was fired by the private firm in charge of the mall's security.

Marrero did admit, however, that she understands why people were laughing.

"I admit, it was funny," she said, before choking back tears. "But nobody took my feelings into consideration."

Despite these efforts, Marrero still must answer for her alleged criminal charges. According to WFMZ 69 News, she worked at Zales Jewelers at the Fairgrounds Square Mall in Muhlenberg Township in in early 2007.

Police said Marrero allegedly used the credit account of a women she knows to buy more than $4,000 worth of purchases, then another $1,000 of the same person's credit at Target.

Although she vowed to pay the money back between August 2007 and September 2009, court documents say she did not. The felony charges were filed in October 2009.

Neither Marrero nor her attorney would comment about her legal troubles to WFMZ 69 News.

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Jan 21st, 2011, 01:47 PM
Woman Who Fell In Fountain Appeared In Court Thursday

Charged With Theft By Deception, Receiving Stolen Property

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READING, Pa. -- 69 News has learned the local woman who is now drawing national attention for her videotaped fall into a fountain at the Berkshire Mall appeared in court Thursday for a hearing on criminal charges that were filed against her in 2009.

Cathy Cruz Marrero, who appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday morning after granting her first TV interview to 69 News on Wednesday, is charged with five felony counts, including theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

She's due back in court April 21.

Police said Marrero, who used to work at Zales Jewelers at the Fairgrounds Square Mall in Muhlenberg Township, used the Zales credit account of someone she knows to make more than $4,000 in purchases without the account-holder's permission.

Marrero also used the same woman's Target credit account to buy more than $1,000 worth of merchandise, said police, who indicated in court documents that the purchases were made prior to August 2007.

According to those court documents, Marrero promised between August 2007 and September 2009 to reimburse the account-holder for the money she spent, but failed to do so. The criminal charges were filed in October 2009.

Marrero has not returned 69 News's call for comment.

Marrero's attorney in the fountain video case, James Polyak, told 69 News he had no comment on the criminal matter.

Polyak continues to investigate the possibility of a lawsuit against the responsible parties in the fountain video case.

A security guard who released the video has been fired by the private contractor that provides security at the mall in Wyomissing.

Dumb bitch. :rolleyes:

Super Dave
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:59 PM
"69 News"


Jan 21st, 2011, 02:01 PM
The video cracks me up. :lol: That's what she deserves for being so distracted by her phone. And the criminal charges... :spit: Icing on the cake.

Jan 21st, 2011, 03:13 PM
Well she lost her case by appearing on TV. Before that no one could know it was her. She's responsible for her moral damages.

Jan 21st, 2011, 07:03 PM
Whose fault is it for falling into the fountain, ovbviously it was hers.:lol:

Jan 21st, 2011, 10:26 PM
:haha: That's like something you'd see on America's Funniest Home Videos :p

Jan 21st, 2011, 11:13 PM
She's obviously looking for some money to pay for her debts and some crooked lawyer convinced of suing someone, basically anyone, to get a small settlement.