A man has been taken into police custody in connection with a brutal attack on a 78-year-old woman on the subway in the Bronx borough of New York City, the police said on Sunday.
Marc Gomez, a 36-year old chef from Yonkers, was arrested at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the restaurant he worked at in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
The attack, which took place around 3 a.m. on March 10, surfaced this week when a video of the assault was posted to the internet. The recording of the attack has received more than 14 million views at the time of writing. Please be warned that the footage is distressing.
After several kicks aimed towards the elderly lady’s upper body, Gomez made his way off the train, and turned to the passengers recording and said, “WorldStar that” — a reference to a popular website that often showcases clips of violent altercations.
Despite being caught on camera, Gomez has denied any wrongdoing saying the elderly lady had threatened him with a knife.
“She said, at that point, ‘I have a knife and I’m going to stab you,'” and flashed “a sharp instrument,” Gomez’s lawyer, Steven Mechanic, claimed today.
Mr. Gomez’s fiancée, who was on the subway train at the time of the incident, said the woman repeatedly threatened her family, including her 11-year-old daughter, as they were traveling back to Yonkers after attending a birthday party.
“It looks like he just went over there and starting kicking her for no apparent reason,” Ms. Cox, 44, said in an interview, adding, “I’ve known him since he was 16. He’s not a bad person.”
Despite that beleif, Gomez was charged with felony assault and ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bail after prosecutors said he has a misdemeanor conviction and an open gun possession in The Bronx.
“The defendant was recorded on video kicking a 78-year-old woman on a subway in The Bronx,” prosecutor Theresa Genthe said in asking for the high bail.
“The defendant viciously kicked her six times, while wearing boots, about the head and face.”