Man faces charges after 80-year-old dies following mask dispute

Man faces charges after 80-year-old dies following mask dispute

A man from Buffalo, New York region has been charged after an old man, who confronted him for not wearing a mask, died post the dispute.

Donald Lewinski, 35, was taken behind bars on Monday and will be arraigned on Tuesday on charges of criminally negligent homicide post he allegedly pushed 80-year-old Rocco Sapienza down to the ground in one bar, said the authorities.

On September 26, Lewinski walked into the Pamp’s Red Zone Bar and Grill, when Sapienza went ahead and confronted him for not wearing the coronavirus face mask, said the authorities in a media conference on Monday.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said that it seemed as if both Sapienza and Lewinski started arguing just when the two crossed paths in the bar and it was not just about the masks.

Sapienza did not like the way Lewinski spoke to one of the staff at the bar, said the prosecutor. Moreover, there was one incident that happened beforehand which involved a lady and Sapienza did not like how Lewinski spoke to her either, continue to the prosecutor.

Eventually, both ran into a dispute on Lewinski not wearing a face mask, said the district attorney.

According to Flynn, mask disputes are taking place on a rapid scale across the country, where people are confronting each other for not donning masks.


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