Man suspected of pushing 75-year-old to the ground outside of Publix after he asked woman to socially distance identified, police say

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. — Daytona Beach Shores police said the man and woman identified from Publix Super Market surveillance footage as possibly being involved with an attack on a 75-year-old man have come forward.

Officers were looking for the pair after they said the 75-year-old man was attacked after he asked a woman to socially distance in line at Publix.

Police said the elderly man, who recently had heart surgery, was punched outside of the Publix Super Market on South Atlantic Avenue.

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Surveillance video that Channel 9 obtained from inside the store Sunday shows the man checking out.

He said he’d just had a stint put in following heart surgery and was worried that a woman seen in the video wearing white was too close and asked her to back up.

In the parking lot, the man said he was approached by a man he believes was about 35 years old. He said the man called him a “gator red neck” and threatened to kill him after punching him in the chest and knocking him to the ground.

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Police said the younger man then got into an older model, dark-colored Cadillac where the woman from earlier was sitting in the passenger seat, and they drove off.

Officers said the pair are cooperating with the investigation and no arrests have been made. Police said they are still asking anyone who may have seen in the incident to come forward.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective Carrazana at 386-763-5347 or dcarrazana@cityofdbs.org.

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Surveillance video that Channel 9 obtained from inside the store Sunday shows the man checking out.

He said he’d just had a stint put in following heart surgery and was worried that a woman seen in the video wearing white was too close and asked her to back up.

In the parking lot, the man said he was approached by a man he believes was about 35 years old. He said the man called him a “gator red neck” and threatened to kill him after punching him in the chest and knocking him to the ground.

READ: Nearly 14 million Americans to receive IRS tax refund interest check

Police said the younger man then got into an older model, dark-colored Cadillac where the woman from earlier was sitting in the passenger seat, and they drove off.

Officers said the pair are cooperating with the investigation and no arrests have been made. Police said they are still asking anyone who may have seen in the incident to come forward.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective Carrazana at 386-763-5347 or dcarrazana@cityofdbs.org.

🗣 UPDATE 8/25/2020: The suspect and the woman in this photo came forward. They have both been identified and are...

Posted by Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety on Monday, August 24, 2020

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.