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Authorities arrest NY man allegedly involved in deadly mask dispute

Authorities arrest NY man allegedly involved in deadly mask dispute”

A NY man, 65, has been charged with homicide after he allegedly shoved an 80-year-old bar patron to the ground causing him to hit his head and die in a row over a face mask. While Lewinski was drinking at the bar, Sapienza confronted him again.

Lewinski is scheduled to be charged with criminally negligent homicide, a felony, on Tuesday, the station reported. He never regained consciousness and died four days later.

"He was pretty much in an unresponsive condition right away". He said he believes Sapienza is the first person to die in the USA from a physical confrontation over wearing a mask.

"We see it everywhere, where people are confronting one another and having arguments about not wearing masks, and it's unfortunate that we have an incident here now in western NY where this escalated into an 80-year-old man passing away", Flynn said. Responders took Sapienza to a nearby hospital, where he remained unresponsive until his death on Thursday, according to Flynn. Flynn said Sapienza suffered blunt force trauma when his head hit the bar floor.

Cops say Rocco E. Sapienza, 80, and Donald M. Lewinski, 65, were both regular patrons and drinking at Pamp's Red Zone Bar and Grill in the West Seneca area on September 26.

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The DA said this lead to the dispute, and the younger of two men allegedly shoved the other man with both hands. According to WIVB, the DA said witnesses said the two men "just did not like one another", so this may have a little more to do that just a mask.

"We have an extremely unfortunate incident that has occurred here", Flynn said, referencing other recent confrontations over mask compliance in stores and on airplanes. He was a part of our Red Zone family and loved by all, ' Pamp's Red Zone said in a statement.

If convicted, Lewsinksi faces up to four years in prison.

A celebration of life for Sapienza will take place Tuesday at 11 a.m.at the Southtown Christian Center.

In a statement to the Buffalo News, Lewinski's attorney, Barry Covert, said, "It's certainly a tragedy that Mr. Sapienza passed away. Our deepest sympathies go out to Rocco's family".



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