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Man captured on video attacking homeless woman, 78, on the metro was threatened, his fiancée says

Marc Gomez was arrested and charged in the March 10 attack on a 78-year-old homeless woman.
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The fiancee of a man caught on cell phone video pummeling a homeless woman on the subway of New York reportedly said the 78-year-old was the impending few threatened to cross.

Marc Gomez was on Saturday arrested on assault and harassment charges after he allegedly attacked a woman on a train in the Bronx on March 10. Video captured Gomez appear repeatedly kicking the 78-year-old woman for leaving the train, sparking outrage among users of social media.

New York City police said that the attack was not unprovoked, but Gomez fiancee Alicia Cox, 44, told the New York Daily News that the 36-year-old was snapped when the woman told her, Gomez and their daughter that she was going to stab them and flashed a shiny object that Cox believed might be a knife. She said that the March 10 incident began when she told her daughter to sit next to the woman.

“When my daughter is logged, the lady goes, ‘Oh, what are you doing?” So Marc goes to her and says, ‘Excuse me?'” Cox told the New York Daily News. “He turns to her and says:” madam I am not yours I am not trying to do anything to you. We are just trying to get home. My daughter is trying to sleep.” And she goes, ‘Oh, I don’t care, I will punch her in the head.'”

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Cox said the woman continued to threaten them even after they are moved to a different chair.

“She goes, ‘I cross you, I will kill you.’ And he [Gomez] is going, ‘Who are you talking to?’ Because there is no one, no one is there. First of all, I’m angry, and he [Gomez] will see me get angry. So he says, ” Baby, calm down,'” Cox recalled.

Cox said the woman threatened to stab him again.

“If she threatened to put us all once again, it is as if he [Gomez] struck, because he felt us behind him, and he broke. He is a real loving man. He’s a sweetheart,” Cox said of Gomez. “It’s just that we both agree that he is a bad decision, went about it the wrong way.”

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The woman was treated for cuts, bleeding and swelling.

Gomez was arraigned Sunday and ordered held on $30,000 bond.

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