Man who was filmed viciously attacking and kicking 78-year-old woman on New York subway arrested
36-year-old Marc Gomez has been arrested and charged with felony assault after the video of him attacking the 78-year-old woman went viral on social media.
The fiancee of a New York man charged for viciously assaulting an elderly woman on the subway has claimed he only attacked the woman because she kept threatening to kill her and her family.
Thirty-six-year-old Marc Gomez became the subject of a manhunt after a video of him brutally kicking and stomping a 78-year-old woman at the Nereid Ave Station in the Bronx at around 3:10 am on March 10 went viral on Twitter.
In the video, which has since been viewed over 13 million times, Gomez can be heard saying "Who the f*** you was talking to" as he repeatedly kicked the woman in the head. He kicked her as many as six times and is heard telling those filming him to "Worldstar that my n****" — in reference to WorldStarHipHop.com, a website known for its violent videos — as he exits the train at 238th Street/Nereid Avenue and flees.
According to the Daily Mail, police were notified of the attack by a witness at the next stop, Wakefield-241st Street Station, where the victim exited bleeding and swelling with cuts to her face and was tended to by first responders.
In the aftermath of the attack, NYPD Chief Dermot Shea announced that officers were on the lookout for the attacker, and they had received a tip from someone who had recognized Gomez.
Gomez, a restaurant worker, was subsequently charged with felony assault, but reportedly claimed that he only attacked the woman because she had threatened him with a knife.
It was an assertion backed by his fiancee, Alicia Cox, who, along with her 11-year-old daughter, was with him at the time of the attack.
She told the New York Post that the woman screamed "I'll stab you and your wife and your child!" at them and that she kept going on about "stabbing and killing people."
She said when they were getting off at their stop, she threatened Gomez once again and that he lost his cool after she yelled, "I'll kill your daughter" while brandishing something in their direction.
Asia insisted that Gomez felt "really bad" afterward and that he was a "good man," telling the post, "I could see it in his face after it, he was upset. It wasn't like he intentionally went after her."
It has emerged that the 78-year-old was once a kindergarten teacher, who was mentally ill and had also threatened others with a knife previously. "She was just mentally ill," a neighbor said.
"She threatened at least three co-opers with a knife. She used to call the fire department, cops, all the time."
Gomez, who had been free without bail on a misdemeanor conviction and open gun possession charge since November at the time of his arrest, was ordered to be held on a $30,000 bond. He had also been arrested previously for assault and possession of a gun and marijuana.
Shea said the woman had been treated in a hospital for her injuries and was now "getting the care, advocacy, and support needed."