A man accused of knocking another man unconscious inside a North Beach food market was charged with second-degree murder after the victim, who had been in a coma since the attack, died over the weekend, police said.
Roger Todd Perry, 53, was initially arrested and charged with one count of felony battery, but police upgraded those charges Monday after the victim, 58-year-old Mohammad Hussein, died at the hospital on Saturday. The cause of death was complications of blunt head injury, according to the medical examiner’s office.
On Dec. 1, Perry fled the M&L Food Market, 7446 Collins Ave., after he backhanded Mohammed A. Hussain following an argument while standing in line at the store.
Video taken of a checkout line shows the two men first standing beside each other simply talking, before the discussion escalates, with Perry making a sharp pivot and backhanding Hussain across the face.
Hussain can be seen falling backwards to the floor unconscious. He was rushed to the trauma center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where the father of two remained in a coma with severe brain bleeding until his death Saturday.
Perry was found in Palm Beach County on Dec. 11, taken into custody and brought back to Miami Beach, where witnesses picked him out of a lineup.
Miami Beach police said Perry waived his rights to an attorney and “admitted his involvement.”
Perry remains in custody at Turner Guilford Knight jail in West Miami-Dade.
Miami Herald staff writer Charles Rabin contributed to this report.