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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Police have arrested the alleged assailant who put another man in a coma after he viciously punched him at a Miami Beach food market.

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According to the arrest affidavit, Roger Perry, 53, confessed to the brutal altercation when he was taken into custody on Thursday evening in Palm Beach.

Witnesses told Miami Beach Police that Mohammed A. Hussein, 58, a father of two, was standing in line at the M & L Food Market located at 7446 Collins Ave., when Perry reportedly started checking out in the wrong lane.

Surveillance footage that captured the December 1st altercation, 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. The checkout counter seen in the video is for small purchases at the market.

The man in the gray, Perry, continues to unload groceries from his basket until the conversation gets so heated that he backhands Hussein, who falls to the floor, banging his head on the ground.

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Perry left the store after knocking Hussein out.

“It’s terrible. If I was here – I just can’t believe nobody could have stopped it or did anything about it at the time,” said Cameron Russell, the victim’s neighbor.

Paramedics rushed an unconscious Hussein to the Ryder Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with severe brain bleeding. He is currently in a coma at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Perry is facing a felony charge of battery. There is still a chance those charges could be upgraded if Hussein’s condition worsens.


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