August 3, 2018 / Brooklyn news / Park Slope / Brooklyn Is Angry

Police: Woman committed no crime seeking refuge at private doorway

Storm trooper: A resident at a Fifth Avenue building in Park Slope called police on a black woman for taking temporary shelter in her doorway during a downpour.
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Video of a white woman calling 911 on a black woman for seeking temporary shelter beneath the doorway of her Park Slope apartment building on July 22 went viral, and police say the woman’s attempt to stay dry didn’t break the law.

“It was determined that no crime was committed,” said a spokeswoman for the Police Department.

The Park Slope resident — now known to the internet as Doorway Debbie — called police on Darsell Obregon after she refused to leave the refuge of her Fifth Avenue doorway between President and Union streets during a sudden downpour at 6:03 pm, cops said.

In a video of the incident Obregon uploaded to Youtube, the Fifth Avenue resident could be heard giving police an unflattering description of Obregon, as she demanded police assistance.

“She’s pretty old to be doing this, like 50, heavyset, I would consider that, [wearing] blue jeans with rips in it, like she’s 20,” the woman told a 911 operator.

When Obregon’s car arrives, the other woman tried to prevent her from leaving, and told her Uber driver that he’d be complicit in his passenger’s phony crime.

“If you go anywhere you’ll be committing a crime as well, you know that right?” she said.

Patrolmen sent to the scene determined that the “victim’s” complaint was unwarranted, according to a spokesman for the department.

“Officers made the determination at the scene that there was no crime,” a different police spokesman said.

Obergon’s video has since earned “Doorway Debbie” Internet infamy, and a post about the incident she made on Facebook has garnered nearly 10,000 shares.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 9:43 am, August 6, 2018
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Curious from Everwhere says:
"(unbeknownst to her I was just waiting for my ride and would be leaving in a couple of minutes)" so Darsel didn't say why she was there like most people would have?
Aug. 3, 2018, 6 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I hate to be the one to say this, but someone has to. This woman's pants actually go well with her face.
Pardon my (John Wasserman)being interruptive during this difficult time.
John Wasserman
Aug. 3, 2018, 10:09 am
Sparkle from Bay Ridge says:
The woman waiting for an Uber should have screamed at the top of her lungs “I will stay dry white woman”, over and over, as loud as she could.
Aug. 3, 2018, 10:32 am
Quinn Raymond from Brooklyn Heights says:
Don't call the cops on someone unless you have a really good reason.
Aug. 3, 2018, 10:33 am
SCP from Sunset Park says:
What in the hell? That "white woman" is committing some fashion crimes herself. She also seems like she may be on some drugs, by the way she keeps twitching and moving, and just the fact that she's calling 911 for that in the first place! She looks absolutely crazy.
Aug. 3, 2018, 10:45 am
Fred from Park Slope says:
why is this news?
and, after 2 seconds of digging on the internet its clear it wasn't race related as they are both light skinned. The story here should be "dont call the police for stupidity".
That and, if some looney tune came at me asking me to move from her doorway, I would just move to another doorway.
case closed.
Aug. 3, 2018, 12:25 pm
Patty McTernan Spitzler says:
This moron should lighten the —— UP!
Aug. 3, 2018, 2:26 pm
John from Brooklyn says:
Obregon should have stayed off private property
Aug. 3, 2018, 7:20 pm
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
she looks like Joyce Carol Oates on opiods
Aug. 3, 2018, 8:28 pm
A J from Bay Ridge says:
Why are you making matters worse by posting this ?
Not that it shouldn’t be posted but it is making matters worse
If this was Florida she could of stood her ground and shot this person because she was threatening her
Aug. 3, 2018, 8:43 pm
Marsha from Hill says:
Thank you Orange Trumpet for making hate trendy. Anyone with a brain in their skull would know someone was getting out of the rain on a city street in the closest doorway. She wasn’t trying to break in - she was standing.

And IF Torres is Hispanic, she could still be racist. Plus she would be caucasian.
Aug. 4, 2018, 7:54 am
Hernandez says:
I don't understand, there's an empty bus shelter right in front of the building.
Aug. 4, 2018, 2:05 pm
Wilbur D. Horse from Eldorado says:
The police should have refused to respond to the "scene." They ought to have known that no crime was being committed.
Aug. 4, 2018, 8:36 pm
ProspectHeightsResident from Prospect Heights says:
Whether what the woman did constituted a crime, she probably broke the law, regardless of what the NYPD says. When I refer to the law, the woman was likely trespassing. Of course, I don't expect the owner to press things (I don't think the complainer is the owner, as it would be an open and shut case if so) as it would generate more bad press. A silly thing for the complainer to get upset about and call the police about, especially given the explanation and general situation with the downpour, but I also don't like how the media is trying to make it out to be a racial issue with nothing to support such a narrative.
Aug. 5, 2018, 1:42 am
Sally woke from Alllover says:
When it’s convenient for them, the media calls this Torres woman White. Clearly she is Hispanic. This is the media’s new tactic since blaming Russia for everything did not work. Now the media is nitpicking to find anything where a BL ack is involved to somehow make it into a racial incident involving whites, even if that means turning Hispanics and Arabs into whites. Shameful. Wake up and walkaway Bl ack America!
Aug. 5, 2018, 6:15 am
Johnny Sack from Windsor Terrace says:
Hey Brooklyn Paper.... Why are the abusive comments not muted for this article?
Aug. 5, 2018, 2:56 pm
Mer says:
I thought maybe this was under someone's brownstone, but this was on Fifth Avenue, a heavy commercial block, that just makes it that much more ridiculous... This is not a secluded block or where private property really comes into play. Everyone is walking near or under that spot. That being said, I feel sort of bad for this woman to have this go viral...
Aug. 6, 2018, 10:17 am
Lew from Park Slope says:
I live within a block of NY Methodist Hospital and very often I leave the house and find someone-a hospital employee, a patient, a passerby- sitting on my stoop and I never think to call the police or to even complain to the sitter. Sometimes the person will jump up upon seeing me, but I smile and tell them it’s OK. I can’t understand what that woman’s problem was.
Aug. 6, 2018, 2:05 pm
Esther from Fort Greene says:
This lady is crazy. For this type of home, I would think her property line starts once you go through the door. Does anyone know for sure?
Aug. 6, 2018, 4:15 pm
Frank Uber from Park Slope says:
There is a bus shelter right in front why stand in someones doorway ? Maybe she needed an address to call car service ? We also don't know the full story here, how long was the woman standing in her doorway why not just be civil about it apologize and just move somewhere else ! But "oh no you didn't " mentality may get someone hurt.
Aug. 7, 2018, 10:47 am

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