NY man beat gas station attendant who asked him to stay 6 feet away

A New York man was arrested the week after allegedly fracturing a gas station worker’s skull in response to the employee asking him to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The alleged incident occurred on April 3, police told The Hill. The 67-year-old victim was working at a gas station in Freeport, Long Island, when Hiram Vega handed him a $10 bill for gas.

The victim asked Vega to back up and practice social distancing as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.

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Vega allegedly used a metal bar to hit the victim in the head, ribs and leg. The victim was later hospitalized with a fractured skull and contusions.

Vega fled the scene, although he was arrested Friday, police said. He was charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault and arraigned Saturday. 

The man has not posted bail, which was set at $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash, according to The Associated Press.

Updated: 10:18 p.m.