A man in Florida throws coffee, beats the 76-year-old who made him wait: the police

A man who threw a cup of hot coffee at a 76-year-old man and made him wait to pay in a store is accused of assault after hitting the older man with a fist and sending him to the ground, police say.

Security camera footage of the attack on a Shell gas station in Palm Coast, Florida shows the gray-haired victim at the checkout, with the suspect, later identified as Sean Ruel, 39, lined up behind him.

Ruel can be seen waiting to be served as the 76-year-old man is assisted by the cashier.

After a few seconds, the suspect seems to lose his temper for having to wait and throws his cup of coffee at the victim, where it lands at the man’s feet and attracts his attention.

A security camera outside a Palm Coast, Florida gas station shows a man identified by police as Sean Ruel, 39, who punches an elderly man in the face on May 22, 2022.
Flagler / Zenger County Sheriff’s Office

The suspect then leaves the gas station and his victim follows him out to confront him, but security camera footage shows he can barely say a word before Ruel runs up to him and punches him in the jaw. The blow to the victim made him fly and left him lying on the ground at the end of the film sequence.

Just before the film sequence breaks, you can see other people come to the aid of the elderly, who have not been named, including a man with a white beard who seems to have seen the incident and who can be seen helping the victim.

A woman can also be seen leaving the gas station moments before the movie sequence ends.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office later identified the suspect as Ruel, who was arrested the next day and charged with assaulting a 65-year-old senior.

Sheriff Rick Staly told local media: “Since this boy could not control his anger, he beat an older man and he is lucky that he did not hurt him badly.”

He added: “Our deputies have done a fantastic job of identifying, locating and arresting Ruel for what he did to this elder in our community.”

The incident occurred on May 22 and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office released the film on May 27.

“We will not tolerate this kind of behavior,” Staly said.

Police said Ruel had previously been arrested, including three cases of drunk driving in California.

This story was sent to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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