A 72-year-old man identified as Nachem Gross has been arrested after pushing an 86-year-old man, Gerald Steiglitz from a Miami Beach apartment block lift.
According to reports, a CCTV footage from June 22 showed the man pushing the victim out of a lift while claiming he was protecting himself and his wife from Coronavirus.
In the footage, Gross is seen holding up his two fingers, believed to be in reference to the two-person lift rule, before pushing Steiglitz, causing him to fall.
Gross later handed himself in to Miami Beach Police and he has now been released on bond. He is currently facing charges of aggravated battery of an elderly person.
Defending himself, the accused claims he was simply attempting to abide by the building’s advice on social distancing, meaning only two people at a time can use the lifts.
On the other hand, the victim told NBC Miami he had suffered a bruise on his upper thigh. He also claimed he and the accused were 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. He just pushed me out. I’m not looking for financial reward. I’m not looking for anything.” Steiglitz said
Meanwhile, the accused lawyer is calling for the charges to be dropped – describing it as “stand your ground” incident.
He also criticized officers for handcuffing his client and putting him in a jail cell.