The man suspected of being responsible for repeatedly kicking an elderly woman on a New York City Subway has been reportedly found and arrested by the New York City Police Department.
The assault reportedly involving 36-year-old Marc Gomez was caught on camera by another passenger of the subway and the video was soon uploaded to social media. It went viral and law enforcement subsequently launched a “social media manhunt,” the Washington Examiner reports, to find the assailant.
“Individual below is WANTED for a heinous attack of an elderly woman aboard a #2 train on March 10, 2019, at approx 3:10am, at the Nereid Ave Station in the Bronx,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted on Friday.
Individual below is WANTED for a heinous attack of an elderly woman aboard a #2 train on March 10, 2019, at approx 3:10am, at the Nereid Ave Station in the #Bronx. If you know who he is or have info, contact CRIMESTOPPERS @NYPDTips ANONYMOUSLY 800-577-TIPS #YourCityYourCall pic.twitter.com/mmrhdkEhmh
— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) March 22, 2019
Shea later announced the arrest on Twitter, saying: “UPDATE: The subject IS IN CUSTODY. The victim was treated & released from the hospital & is getting the care, advocacy & support needed. Thank you to the worldwide community for the tremendous assistance. Add’l details to follow @NYPDDetectives.”
According to the report, Gomez is facing two counts of second-degree assault, third-degree assault, and harassment
Here’s more, from the Washington Examiner:
According to The New York Post, Gomez’s court-appointed attorney, Steven Mechanic, said the woman threatened to stab his client with a knife.
On Thursday, Twitter user “Rello.” shared a video showing a black man kicking an elderly woman in the face repeatedly before leaving the Subway train. Several people on the subway car filmed the altercation and the assailant turned towards one of the cameras before leaving telling them to “World Star that, my n—a.” That was a reference to World Star Hip Hop, a social media page famous for posting videos of street fights. The assault took place at 3:10 a.m. at the White Plains Road/Nereid Avenue Street subway station on a northbound car pulling in the station.
None of the individuals filming the assault moved to help the elderly woman nor prevent the assailant from leaving. “Rello.” claimed the video wasn’t his, but clarifies that if he was there, “it was not going down like that. He was not getting away.” The unidentified victim, who is reportedly 78 years old, suffered swelling and bleeding from cuts to the face as a result of the kicks and was treated by emergency responders.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill posted a video of the suspect being arrested by his police force, congratulating those who helped bring him to justice.
— Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) March 24, 2019