Illinois stripper drives to NYC in search of USNS Comfort, arrested with 18 knives in car: report

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April 30, 2020 - 9:14 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An Illinois stripper was arrested, allegedly with 18 knives in her car, after she drove to New York City in search for the USNS Comfort.

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Law enforcement sources told the New York Post that Jessica Prim, a 37-year-old whose stage name is Nikita Steele, was taken into custody outside the USS Intrepid Wednesday afternoon. She faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon.

Her arrest was captured in a Facebook livestream she recorded around 1:30 p.m.

“I need help. I think I’m the coronavirus,” she says at the beginning of the video. “I don’t want you to hurt me.”

Prim told authorities that she had been watching press conferences of President Donald Trump and that she “felt like he was talking to me.”

“I felt like I was supposed to come to Comfort and get some help because I felt like I was the coronavirus,” she says from her car.

Ship security reportedly saw Prim acting “erratically” in her car and called police. Prima also spoke with Secret Service agents who were responding to alleged threatening messages she posted to Facebook about Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

After being questioned by the Secret Service, Prim was taken to Mount Sinai West to be evaluated.

The USNS Comfort is set to depart New York City on Thursday. It was brought to the city to help hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.

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