“It’s just horrible the fact that social distancing becomes something to go smash people and knock them to the ground,” the Daytona Beach Shores Police Chief said.
ClickOrlando.com – DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – Police are searching for a person they say attacked an elderly man Monday in the parking lot of a Publix.
Daytona Beach Shores police responded to the grocery store at 3044 South Atlantic Ave. after the victim filed a report at the police department.
The man says he was shopping at Publix and waiting in line at the register when a woman he did not know got in line behind him.
He says she moved closer to him than the suggested distance indicated by the floor decals in the store, according to a police report.
The victim told officers he recently underwent surgery to receive a heart stent and was concerned about his health, so he asked the woman to abide by social distancing rules.
No other type of disturbance ensued and the victim paid for his groceries, the report reads.
Director Stephan Dembinsky said:
“It’s just horrible. The fact that social distancing becomes something to go and smash people and knock them to the ground.
“As we all know with this pandemic, everybody’s very uptight and he asked the lady to give him some distance. The lady did so. He paid for his products and walked outside.”
Once at his car, a man approached the victim saying derogatory words, claiming the victim had held up the grocery line … Source.
UPDATE: Police say the man and the woman involved in the incident have turned themselves in
August 25, 2020
ClickOrlando.com – A man accused of punching an elderly shopper after a social distancing confrontation at Publix has turned himself in to authorities, according to the Daytona Beach Shores Police Department.
Officers distributed video Monday of a man wanted in connection with the attack and the woman he was with at the store.
The 75-year-old victim, who recently had a heart stent placed, said he was in the checkout line Sunday afternoon when a woman got closer to him than the suggested social distancing markings, so he asked her to take a few steps back and she did, according to the report.
There was no further conversation between the victim and the woman.
Police said as the victim was in the parking lot, a man in his 30s approached and told him, “You (expletive) redneck gator, how dare you?” then told the victim he was holding up the line and punched the victim in the chest … Read more.