This week, after asking a maskless customer for social space, and put on a face mask, a 70-year-old man was hit, spit on, and pulled by his hair in Orlando, Florida according to authorities.
The incident occurred at a Citgo gas station in Winter Park. Police have arrested Rovester Ingram, a 24-year-old, and charged him with aggravated assault on a person over 65, as well as abduction.
The Winter Park Police said the altercation started when the older man asked Ingram to “move away from him because Ingram didn’t wear a mask.” Ingram reportedly pursued the man outside the store and proceeded to hit him in the face repeatedly, while the victim tried to get back into the store and away from Ingram.
The attacker then followed the older man inside, reportedly punched him and kicked him across the aisles, and pulled the 70-year-old by his hair outside. Ingram kept punching the victim, who was now on his stomach near the entrance of Citgo, spit on him, and kicked him in the back, before fleeing the scene.
The victim was found bleeding at the store entrance and rushed to the hospital with significant injuries including broken bones, according to the police report.
Ingram was easily identified by the incident’s surveillance video and was detained at home. He is currently in Orange County Jail and according to custody records his bail has been set at $30,000.
If the defendant has an Attorney is unclear.
Mayor Jerry Demings released an executive order in Orange County requiring face masks in public areas and urged business owners to deny entry to customers who have no masks. During the pandemic, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis did not issue a State-wide mask order.
Though masks for many Americans have become a normal part of daily life, people across the country face assaults, some violent, for asking others to wear masks or practice social distancing.