Police made an arrest Thursday in a Miami Beach “punch-and-run” attack that left in a man in a coma earlier this month.
Roger Perry, 53, confessed to the brutal attack when he was taken into custody in Palm Beach, according to the arrest affidavit.
Witnesses told Miami Beach Police that Mohammed A. Hussein, 58, was standing in line Dec. 1 at the M & L Food Market at 7446 Collins Ave., when a man started checking out his groceries.
Surveillance footage showed a man in a white T-shirt, identified as Hussein, tell a man in a gray tank top that he was in the wrong checkout lane.
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The man in the gray continued to unload items from his basket until the conversation became so heated that he backhanded Hussein, who fell to the floor, banging his head on the ground.
The assailant left the store after knocking Hussein out.
Paramedics rushed an unconscious Hussein, a father of two, to the Ryder Trauma Center, where he was diagnosed with severe brain bleeding. He remains in a coma at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Perry faces a felony charge of battery. Those charges could be upgraded if Hussein’s condition worsens.