The chef who was caught on camera repeatedly kicking an elderly woman in the face on a New York subway has claimed she threatened him with a knife.
Marc Gomez, 36, was charged with felony assault after the horrific video was posted to Twitter and quickly went viral.
But now Gomez , who was arrested on Saturday, is claiming that the 78-year-old woman threatened him first.
‘She said, at that point, “I have a knife and I’m going to stab you” and flashed a sharp instrument.’
A former neighbor of the woman told the New York Post that she is mentally ill and has threatened others with a knife in the past.
They said she is a retired kindergarten teacher who had moved out of the residence three or four years ago.
‘She was just mentally ill,’ they said. ‘She wasn’t paying rent. She threatened at least three co-opers with a knife. She used to call the fire department, cops, all the time.’
Nearly 13 million people have watched video of the vicious attack, which was posted on Twitter this week and promoted outrage both for its brutality and for the fact that bystanders on the train filmed the incident instead of trying to help the woman.
The video shows Gomez attacking the elderly woman at the Nereid Ave Station in the Bronx around 3.10am on March 10.
Gomez can be heard saying ‘Who the f**k you was talking to’ as he repeatedly kicks her head and body while wearing boots.
Prosecutor Theresa Genthe said Gomez ‘viciously kicked’ the woman six times.
Before he leaves the train, Gomez tells two people who are filming him to ‘Worldstar that my n****r’.
He got off at the 238th Street/Nereid Avenue stop and fled on foot. The woman was left in her seat cradling her head in her hands.
Police weren’t notified until the train arrived at the next and last stop, at Wakefield-241st Street station, when a bystander approached an officer in the station.
The woman exited at 241st Street station, where she was met by first responders. She suffered bleeding and swelling with cuts to the face.
The video was first posted on Twitter by a user named @BKLYNRELL1. The caption read: ‘He’s crazy that’s somebody grandmother. Rt and find this a*****e.’
‘For everybody asking me if this is my video. No and if I was there it was not going down like that. He was not getting away,’ he later added in a separate tweet.
NYPD Chief Dermot Shea announced on Saturday that Gomez had been apprehended and was in police custody.
Shea said the woman was treated in a hospital for her injuries and was ‘getting the care, advocacy, and support needed’. She has since been released.
A tipster who had seen the viral video recognized Gomez and reported him to police.
Gomez was arrested in Tribeca while wearing a double-breasted chef’s jacket. He is a restaurant worker from Yonkers.
He’s crazy that’s somebody grandmother. Rt and find this asshole pic.twitter.com/p7rkNtMrUo— Rello. (@BKLYNRELL1) March 21, 2019