Second man arrested for throwing avocados at Bronx deli clerk, breaking his jaw: police

Posted at 12:11 PM, Jun 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-16 13:09:09-04

CONCOURSE, the Bronx — Two men are now in custody for allegedly hurling avocados and bananas at a Bronx deli clerk, breaking the man’s jaw, police said Friday.

Brad Gomez, 28, was arrested Thursday and faces assault charges in the Tuesday afternoon attack.

A second unidentified man was arrested Friday, according to police.

The pair was caught on surveillance cameras throwing avocados as if the fruit were fastballs at a deli clerk, leaving him with a laceration, fractures to his face and a broken jaw, police say.

The food flinging occurred inside Stadium Gourmet Deli at 109 E. 161 St.

The injured deli clerk, Amr Alzabidi, 21, says the assault happened over a botched food order.

“I was shocked," Alzabidi said. "I didn’t expect what happened."

Avocados can be heavy and hard, he added.

"And the speed, it broke my face," Alzabidi said. "It caused my orbital floor fracture."

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