Amazon driver punches 73-year-old man in the face with his phone after being asked to wear a face mask
An Amazon delivery driver in Florida punched a 73-year-old man in the face with his phone after allegedly being confronted for trying to enter an apartment without wearing a mask.
Security video recorded the shocking moment Ray Breslin was hit after the altercation with the driver in the lobby of the Miami Beach building.
Amazon apologized to Breslin, saying the man was an employee of a service partner that is no longer delivering packages for the retail giant.
Still, the driver has yet to be identified as Breslin’s attorney claims he is guilty of a felony battery.
Ray Breslin, 73, claims the driver delivering packages for Amazon hit him in the face after an argument over the driver not wearing a mask in the lobby of a Miami Beach condo
The incident took place on August 4 at Mantell Plaza, located on 24th Street, where Breslin owns seven units.
“I was hurt,” said Breslin WSVN. “I just couldn’t believe it.”
The occupant of the apartment alleges he noticed the delivery person was not wearing a mask when he tried to enter and video shows Breslin confronted him at the door to say he was not allowed in because the building had a strict mask policy.
“I opened the door, I said, ‘Excuse me, you have to wear a mask,” said Breslin. ‘He said,’ I just got the delivery ‘. I said, “It doesn’t matter. If you want to enter the building, you have to wear a mask.” ‘
Suddenly he just puts his foot against the door. He won’t let me close the door, ”Breslin claims. I pushed his foot aside and closed the door. ‘
The surveillance footage shows Breslin, the condo president, taking the packages from the driver at this point and leaving them at the front door while the other man walked away.
Breslin said he also went outside to take pictures of the vehicle and the license plate of the dribbler.
But after the driver went back to his vehicle to pick up a mask and returned to deliver the packages, the situation got even more frightening, Breslin claims.
The enraged man decided to argue with him about being forced to wear a mask and pushed his phone into Breslin’s face while confronting him.
“Then he came back with a mask on, and I thought, ‘Okay, not too bad,'” he said, “and I’ll open the door and let them in.”
“He’ll raise his phone like that and punch me in the face,” he added.
CCTV footage shows the shocking moment when Breslin was hit (photo right). He said the driver returned with a mask, but he was still angry because he was asked to
The driver, who worked for a third party, fled the scene without delivering the packages
Breslin said the man had fled the scene without delivering his parcels when he pointed out that everything was captured on CCTV footage.
‘I was like … what are you kidding me? I said there’s a camera over there that shot all of this – and he looked, put his head down, grabbed his parcels, and walked right out the door, ”Breslin said. NBC 2.
The 73-year-old was not injured in the collision, but told WSVN he is still upset even three weeks later.
He told Local 10 the driver said he hit him because Breslin did that first.
The available surveillance images do not show that Breslin hit the driver.
Breslin filed a victim statement with police describing the altercation as a battery, but police have yet to identify the driver. Breslin also handed over the photos he took of the driver’s van to help him search for him.
“This is a felony battery,” said Breslin’s attorney, Michael Grieco, explaining that it is a felony for anyone over 65 to be beaten.
“The fact that an Amazon driver, any delivery person, would consider getting violent with someone in a situation like that is beyond me,” he added.
Amazon has since sent an email apology to Breslin for the driver’s behavior and has confirmed that he is no longer delivering packages on their behalf.
“This does not reflect the high standards we place on delivery service partners,” the statement said.
We are discussing the incident with the delivery service partner and can confirm that this person is no longer delivering Amazon packages. We are in contact with the customer to make it right. ‘
Breslin said he just wanted to make sure the man was wearing a mask because “it’s the law.”
“That man shouldn’t have a job for any company, let alone a big company like Amazon,” Breslin said.
I was steadfast. I was not mean. I wouldn’t let him into the building without a mask. Simply.’
There is currently a nationwide mask mandate in effect in Miami-Dade that requires everyone to wear a mask in public at all times or risk a $ 100 fine.
In Miami Beach, police and code officials began handing out $ 50 civil quotes from July 23 to anyone who didn’t wear a face cover while in a public place or place.
“We all have to be serious about flattening the curve and getting rid of this deadly virus,” said Mayor Dan Gelber. “Please do your part and wear a mask.”
On Friday morning, there were 615,806 confirmed cases of Florida coronavirus and 10,868 deaths.
89 new deaths were reported on Thursday.
Miami-Dade County accounted for 155,418 of the state’s cases and 2,372 deaths.
If you have information about the delivery person in this incident or his whereabouts, please call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.