MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A 47-year-old man was arrested after allegedly punching a 73-year-old Brazilian tourist in the nose in Miami Beach.
According to the arrest report, officers responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Lincoln Road on Monday, Oct. 23 after reports of a man, identified as Buck Jones, who is homeless, wearing a pink shirt and riding a gray bike with a wheeled cart, yelling at bystanders and blocking the sidewalk.
The victim and his son, who were witnesses, reported that they attempted to walk around Jones. However, Jones followed them, crossed their path, and allegedly punched the elderly victim in the nose without apparent provocation. Subsequently, Jones fled the scene southbound on Collins Avenue, prompting a BOLO alert.
While officers were conducting a canvas of the area, dispatch alerted them to another disturbance at 324 Lincoln Road, where a man matching Jones’ description was reportedly threatening bystanders with a knife.
Officers detained the individual, and the victim positively identified Buck Jones as the alleged assailant.
Jones was arrested and transported to the MBPD holding facility for further processing. He faces a felony charge of battery on a person aged 65 or older.
The victim, a Brazilian tourist, sustained an abrasion on his nose and a possible broken nose during the assault. He declined hospital transport as he had plans to return to Brazil later in the day.
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