An argument over a face mask ended with a Florida woman’s arrest this week after assaulting him.
According to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office police report, Suzanne Miller received a battery charge and was arrested after a confrontation with a neighbor over not wearing a mask.
The report says that the residents of the Oceana Oceanfront apartment were boarding an elevator when the incident broke out. Both Miller and the male resident got on the elevator on Monday. Miller stated she was not “comfortable” with his decision not to wear a mask due to the pandemic.
The victim said that he ignored Miller’s hesitations, the report stated. He proceeded to board the elevator and press the button to get to his apartment. Following that, Miller starts yelling, “He’s assaulting me,” read the report.
The 71-year-old woman then attempted to remove the man from the elevator herself. Miller also “intentionally” hit the man on the shoulder, arm, and chest with a closed fist.
A witness, as well as video surveillance, confirmed the victim’s story about the situation.
The name of the man involved in the incident has not been released by deputies.
The elderly Florida woman was arrested with a battery charge but was released from the county jail on a $1,000 bond within a few hours of the arrest.
Miller’s court date will happen on October 21.
The CDC recommends that all people wear a mask when they leave their houses. They are “a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice.”
Florida currently has one of the worsts hit states for the coronavirus, with over 693 thousand cases and close to 14 thousand deaths linked to the virus. The state hit its highest amount of vases in mid-July and has slowly seen a decline. Florida reported just over 2,500 cases on September 24.