Michael Russo of Davie, Florida was arrested Monday after he allegedly assaulted his grandmother, news sources state. The victim was identified as 76-year-old Grecia Rosner; it is unclear whether she requested medical attention following the abuse. Russo, 24, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on one count of battery on a person 65 or older. His bail was set at $12,500. It is unclear whether Russo has lined up a criminal defense attorney to aid him with the case.
Reports say Russo works at a Davie restaurant called La Spada’s Original Hoagies and shares a home with his grandmother on the 7900 block of Northwest 33rd Street. In 2009, police arrested Russo on a robbery charge, sources say. He was found guilty and sentenced to seven months in jail. It is unclear whether police arrested him for battery in the past; however, Rosner purportedly says this is not the first time Russo abused her.
According to reports, the incident began at the home at around 4:00 Sunday morning. Russo and his friends were reportedly being noisy and Rosner shouted down the stairs, asking Russo’s friends to leave. The request upset Russo and he went upstairs to confront Rosner. Rosner says Russo swore at her and she retreated to her bedroom; however, Russo reportedly followed her into her room. “[Russo] then approached [Rosner] very closely, face to face,” a police report says. “He began hitting her in the stomach and chest with his stomach and chest.”
During the alleged attack, Russo reportedly said to Rosner, “You can’t hit me. What are you going to do now?” Rosner said she would call the cops and Russo snatched her cell phone and threw it down the stairs, damaging it, reports say. Police did not learn of the alleged incident until the next day. It is unclear whether Rosner sustained injury.
Russo was not the only South Florida man to be arrested on battery charges this past week. Charles Hansen of Lake Worth was arrested Thursday after he allegedly held his girlfriend over a fire pit during an argument, sources say. Hansen, 58, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of aggravated battery. His bail was set at $25,000. It is unclear whether he has hired legal representation.
According to reports, Hansen and the victim had been dating for several months prior to the assault. It is not clear whether this was the couple’s first brush with domestic violence. The fire pit incident occurred Thursday evening after the couple had been drinking at a cookout. At some point, Hansen and the victim began to argue and Hansen allegedly leaned the victim over the burning coals of a fire pit.
“She could feel the heat from the burning coals still in it and could only think about how she was going to be burned alive,” a police report says. Police say the victim, who they did not identify publicly, sustained minor contusions during the assault; it does not appear that the woman was burned.