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Police: Man, 70, beat up after asking man to step away because he wasn’t wearing mask at Winter Park gas station

WINTER PARK, Fla. — A man was arrested after he beat up an elderly man outside a gas station because the elderly man asked him to step away because he wasn’t wearing a mask, Winter Park police said.

On Tuesday, Winter Park police arrived at the Citgo station at 660 N. Orange Avenue and found a 70-year-old man bleeding in front of the business.

The man told officers he asked a man, later identified as Rovester Ingram, to step away from him because Ingram wasn’t wearing a mask.

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He said Ingram followed him outside the store and began to punch him in the face as he tried to reenter the store to get away.

Ingram followed the man back inside the store and continued to punch and kick him, according to investigators.

The man was then shoved onto the ground.

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Investigators said Ingram then grabbed the man by his hair and pulled him out of the store, over the sidewalk and into a parking space.

The man was on his stomach as Ingram punched him on his back, then he spat on him and kicked him in the head before walking away.

The man was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, including broken bones, police said.

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Ingram was identified through video surveillance and arrested at his home. He was charged with aggravated battery on a person over 65 and kidnapping.

#ARREST Thanks to the diligent work of our officers, a violent offender was positively identified and arrested.

Posted by Winter Park Police Department on Friday, September 11, 2020

Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.

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