The NYPD on Friday released surveillance photos and footage of the man, calling for information on what Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea described as “a heinous attack” on the elderly woman.
The incident occurred on the number 2 train in Nereid Ave Station in the Bronx shortly after 3 a.m. on March 10.
“I only screen recorded the video to help catch this guy. You never put hands on any woman. Especially an older woman,” he added. “And any real New Yorker wouldve done anything but record this. These were obviously kids on the train with no real sense but to say ‘Ooos’ & ‘Ahhs.”
Extremely graphic video seen by millions of people on Twitter showed the man kicking the woman in the face twice, then in the body four more times.
Man is arrested in kicking of an elderly woman on a subway as bystanders shot video
Passengers could be seen yelling as they filmed the encounter, but no one appeared to have intervened.
Police said the man fled the train, while the woman rode one more stop and was then met by emergency services.
Rapper and actor Ice-T was among those who shared video of the attack on social media, calling for the perpetrator to be brought to justice. “This is some coward ass shit… WTF,” he wrote. “Fuck everybody on that train that watched and filmed this BS.. This MF needs to get stomped the Fuck out!”
The subject wanted for the brutal subway attack of an elderly woman 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. Addl details to follow.
While crime in the subway — and the city — is at lows not seen since the 1950s, violent encounters in the transit system posted to social media receive outsize attention. One such attack was the murder of 20-year-old Abel Mosso by alleged rival gang members on a Queens subway platform last month.
He was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, one count of third-degree assault, and one count of harassment.
Marc Gomez was arrested on suspicion of carrying out an attack on a homeless woman that was caught on film. (NYPD)
The attack, which took place around 3 a.m. on March 10, surfaced this week when a video of the assault was posted to the internet. The recording of the attack had received more than 10 million views as of Saturday afternoon.
A New York City man suspected of carrying out a vicious attack on a homeless woman riding a subway train has been arrested after video of the incident drew outrage.
Man is arrested in kicking of an elderly woman
Authorities say Gomez repeatedly punched and kicked a 78-year-old woman sitting alone on a train in the early morning hours of March 10 in the Bronx. The woman can be seen in the video holding her arm up to block punches and kicks directed at her.
A bystander flagged down a New York City police officer at the next stop. The woman was treated for bleeding and swelling but refused further medical attention. It was not clear what provoked the attack.
Police arrest man behind the heinous assault of a 78-year-old woman on the subway
A video of the incident attracted more than 12 million views online as of late Saturday. The footage drew outrage, directed not just at the attack but at the witnesses filming on their cell phones who stood by and shouted instead of intervening.