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Man accused of punching a 75-year-old man for asking woman to social distance at Publix turns himself in

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 15:44:16-04

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) — Police say a 75-year-old man who'd recently had heart surgery was punched in the chest and knocked to the ground after asking a woman to maintain social distancing in a Florida grocery store.

The incident happened Sunday evening as the man was checking out at a Publix store.

Daytona Beach Shores police say a woman cut in close behind the man in a check-out line and he asked her to follow the markings on the floor.

The man left and was putting groceries in his vehicle when another vehicle drove up. A man got out and punched him.

Hours after the incident, the suspect and the woman (pictured above) both came forward. Police are now speaking with the two during the investigation and are looking to speak with those who witnessed the incident.