Man Charged in Subway Attack on 78-Year-Old Woman
A man has reportedly been taken into police custody in connection with a brutal attack on a 78-year-old woman on the subway in the Bronx, the police said Saturday.
According to The NY Daily News, Marc Gomez, 36, of Yonkers, was arrested and charged with felony assault around 10:30 a.m. in Lower Manhattan. He was identified this week by an anonymous person that said he often hung around areas of Lower Manhattan.
The attack, which took place around 3 a.m. on March 10, went viral this week after it was posted on the internet. The recording of the attack had received more than 10 million views as of Saturday afternoon.
The video showed a tall man wearing jeans, glasses, a leather jacket and a knit cap forcefully kicking the woman at least six times, three in the face, as she sat on a northbound No. 2 train that was pulling into the Nereid Avenue station. Bystanders recorded the encounter and shouted but did not intervene.
“The subject wanted for the brutal subway attack of an elderly woman IS IN CUSTODY,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea wrote. “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.”
It was not clear what preceded the attack.