Man Caught On Video Kicking Elderly Woman In Vicious Subway Attack Is Arrested
A subway rider filmed Marc Gomez, 36, on a cell phone camera repeatedly kicking the 78-year-old victim in the face on a Bronx train.
BRONX, NEW YORK — The man who was caught on video viciously kicking an elderly homeless woman on a New York City subway has been arrested and charged with assault.
A subway rider filmed Marc Gomez, 36, on a cell phone camera repeatedly kicking the 78-year-old victim in the face on a Bronx train. The attack happened on March 10 at around 3 A.M., according to authorities.
In the video, which has been widely shared on social media, the woman can be seen trying to shield herself with her hands — while other riders did nothing to intervene.
As Yonkers resident Gomez left the train, he told the people recording him to upload the clip onto video blog World Star Hip Hop, a website that features violent video clips.
An EMS crew treated the victim, who suffered bleeding and swelling from cuts on her face, according to police. Prosecutors said the victim suffered a cut above her left eye as well as bruising on her face.
Gomez was arrested on Saturday after the video was uploaded to social media, and the NYPD received several tips from people who recognized him. He has been charged with assault and harassment and is being held on a $30,000 bond.
Police say that the attack appeared to be unprovoked. But Gomez’s partner, Alicia Cox, told the New York Daily News that Gomez attacked the woman because she had threatened to stab them. Cox said that the incident began after their 11-year-old daughter reclined on a seat behind the elderly woman on the northbound 2 train.
"As soon as my daughter lays down, the lady goes, ‘Oh, what are you doing?’ So Marc goes to her and says, ‘Excuse me?’" Cox said. "He turns to her and says, ‘Ma’am I’m not bothering you, I’m not trying to do anything to you. We’re just trying to get home, My daughter is trying to sleep.’ And she goes, ‘Oh, I don’t care, I’ll punch her in the head.’”
Cox claimed that the woman continued to threaten to “stab you” and “kill you” and said that Gomez began to get agitated. She said that when she, Gomez, and her daughter started to leave the train, the woman threatened to stab them again — and claims that she remembers “seeing something shiny.”