UPDATE: Man Arrested After Kicking Elderly Woman In Viral Video
Saturday afternoon, the New York Police Department posted an update via Twitter announcing they had in custody the man who repeatedly kicked a 78-year-old elderly woman in a subway at the Bronx on March the 10th.
Marc Gomez, 36, went viral on Thursday as the “Granny-Kicker” when he repeatedly kicked the elderly woman a total of six times, twice in the head and four in the body, as passengers failed to aid her and instead recorded the assault with their cellphones. Gomez denied the allegations in the beginning, but later admitted he kicked her because “She said, at that point, ‘I have a knife and I’m going to stab you,’” and flashed “a sharp instrument,” claimed the lawyer, Steven Mechanic, according to a report from the New York Post.
Marc Gomez was charged with two counts of assault in the second-degree, one count in the third-degree, and one count of harassment. Gomez has been charged and has previously been arrested on marijuana related charges and possession of an illegal gun. Gomez was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bail.
The elderly woman, whose name will remain anonymous, is a former kindergarten teacher who is mentally ill. According to neighbors, the elderly woman left her home 3-4 years ago and is currently homeless with no children or family members claiming her.