A Yonkers man caught on shocking cellphone video kicking a 78-year-old homeless woman in the face on a Bronx train attacked her because she threatened to stab him and his fiancée and her daughter, the man’s wife-to-be told the Daily News on Sunday.
Alicia Cox, 44, said the March 10 incident started when Marc Gomez, 36, told her 11-year-old girl to sit beside 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.’”
After a short heated exchange, Cox said the trio moved to a different seat, but the woman threatened again, Cox said.
“She goes, ‘I’ll stab you, I’ll kill you.’ And he (Gomez) goes, ‘Who you talking to to?’ Because there’s nobody there, nobody’s over there,” Cox said. “First of all I’m getting upset and he (Gomez) sees me getting upset. So he says, ‘Babe, calm down.’”
Cox said that as she, Gomez and her daughter got up to leave the train at Nereid Ave., the woman said, “ ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to stab you.’ I don’t know what she had in her hand but I remember seeing something shiny. I don’t know if it was a knife but I grabbed my daughter’s hand real tight.”
“When she threatened to stab all of us once again, it’s like he (Gomez) snapped because he sensed us right behind him and he snapped.”
“He’s a real loving guy. He’s a sweetheart,” Cox said of Gomez, adding that he works as a chef in Tribeca. “It’s just that we both agree that he made a bad decision, went about it the wrong way.”
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Police dispute Cox’s claims and say the assault was unprovoked.
Video from the attack showed Gomez kicking the elderly woman, several times in the face, as she helplessly tried to shield herself. Other riders recorded the attack but did nothing to stop it. As Gomez exited the train, aware the attack was being recorded, he said, “WorldStar that, my n—a,” referring to a website that features violent videos. The video sparked outrage on social media.
Someone eventually called police, and when the victim got off the train at the next stop, an EMS crew was waiting for her. She was treated for bleeding and swelling from cuts on her face, cops said.[More New York] Going to the goats! Another goat is rescued in the Bronx, this one outside the zoo »
Gomez was arrested in lower Manhattan on Saturday after police received several tips from people who recognized him. He was charged with assault and harassment for the brutal attack,
A Bronx judge ordered him held on $30,000 bond/$15,000 cash at his arraignment early Sunday. Prosecutors said the victim suffered a cut above her left eye, and bruising around her face.