A record via NBC Miami has shown that a 72-year-old man has been arrested after pushing an 86-year-old from a Miami Beach condominium block lift claiming he was protecting himself and his wife from Coronavirus.
Nachem Gross faces charges for aggravated battery of an elderly person after CCTV footage from June 22 confirmed him pushing Gerald Steiglitz out of a lift.
The CCTV Footage shows Gross holding up his fingers, believed to be in reference to the -person lift rule, before pushing Steiglitz, inflicting him to fall.
The accused claims he was definitely trying to abide by the building’s recommendation on social distancing, meaning two people can use the lifts.
Steiglitz told NBC Miami he had suffered a bruise on his upper thigh, but claimed he and the accused had been friendly before the incident.
“We always were friendly, hello, and that was it. But he could have said to me, ‘go down, take the next one,'” said Steiglitz.
“He just pushed me out. I’m not looking for financial reward. I’m not looking for anything.”
Gross later handed himself in to Miami Beach Police and he has now been released on bond.
NBC Miami reports his lawyer is calling for the charges to be dropped – describing it as “stand your ground” incident and criticised officers for handcuffing his client and putting him in a jail cell.