COVID: Moment Isolated Resident Pummels Security Guard

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash


This is the moment an angry Argentine resident pummels a security guard at his home who would not let him leave the premises because he was supposed to self-isolate at home following a trip to the United States.

The incident took place in the partido of Vicente Lopez in the eastern Argentine capital Buenos Aires where a 14-day self-isolation quarantine period has been set up for anyone arriving from a country with sustained transmission, including the United States.

In the footage, 40-year-old Miguel Angel Paz is seen beating the security guard, identified as Gustavo Granucci, because he would not let him leave the premises.

Reports said that he had arrived from a trip to the US two days before and had to self-isolate at home for 14 days.


The guard, who reported the incident to the police, told local media: “He threatened to kill me. After beating me up, he tried to escape but there were cops who stopped him. However, he kept saying that he wanted to leave.”

Paz, who works as a personal trainer, has been placed under house arrest, according to reports.

Local media said that he lives at home with his wife and two daughters and so far the family has tested negative for COVID-19.

In Argentina, a 14-day self-isolation period has been set up for anyone arriving from a country with sustained transmission, including Europe and the United States.

President Alberto Fernandez described Paz as an “irresponsible man who cannot go out” because he needs to self-isolate and added that he will face punishment for his actions. It is unclear if the attacker has been charged. The investigation is ongoing.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.