Man charged with hitting fitness instructor with weight - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Man charged with hitting Hard Exercise Works instructor with weight

Picture by Miami-Dade Police Department Picture by Miami-Dade Police Department
  • Fox 29 Daily HeadlinesMore>>

  • Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

    Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 5:33 AM EDT2018-04-18 09:33:47 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:08 PM EDT2018-04-21 17:08:19 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File). FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. A propaganda expert who has studied Cambridge Analytica says the company helped Donald Trump’s presidential campaign use f...(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File). FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. A propaganda expert who has studied Cambridge Analytica says the company helped Donald Trump’s presidential campaign use f...
    Facebook is introducing more privacy safeguards to users in Europe to comply with new rules meant to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.More >>
    Facebook is introducing more privacy safeguards to users in Europe to comply with new rules meant to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.More >>
  • In new walkouts, students look to turn outrage to action

    In new walkouts, students look to turn outrage to action

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-20 04:26:49 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:15 AM EDT2018-04-21 14:15:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

    More >>

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

    More >>
  • UPDATE: Everything you need to know about Arizona's teacher walkout

    UPDATE: Everything you need to know about Arizona's teacher walkout

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:12 PM EDT2018-04-21 02:12:11 GMT
    Arizona teachers could be staging a strike, which may leave tens of thousands of parents scrambling. (Source: Raycom Media)Arizona teachers could be staging a strike, which may leave tens of thousands of parents scrambling. (Source: Raycom Media)

    One thing is certain, tens of thousands of parents will be forced to scramble to find out what to do if enough teachers walk out.

    More >>

    One thing is certain, tens of thousands of parents will be forced to scramble to find out what to do if enough teachers walk out.

    More >>

By Chris Stewart

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A West Palm Beach man faces charges for hitting a gym instructor with a weight.

Update, MON 12 PM: Dan Amato is being held without bond after his first court appearance on Monday in West Palm Beach.

Amato is accused of attacking a trainer at the Hard Exercise Works on Southern Boulevard in Wellington.

Prosecutors say Amato walked into the gym and attacked John Szarszewski.

Szarskewski's family says John is still in the intensive care unit and will need surgery.

They are hoping for a full recovery. "When the surgeons do go in, they better bring a welder with them," John's father Daniel said, "He's 6-foot-3, 220 pounds of twisted metal; they're going to make him whole."

Daniel Szarszewski is deputy chief of the Palm Beach Police Department.

At the time of the attack, Amato was out on bond after an incident in Miami-Dade County.

He is facing aggravated battery charges related to that incident.

Visit the "John 'Superman' Szarszewski's Support Page" on Facebook

Learn how to donate to the Szarszewski family

Previously: Daniel Amato, 40, is accused of striking the 25-year-old trainer with a five-pound plate in the middle of a class Thursday at Hard Exercise Works. Police say he then ran from the gym after being chased by several members and two off-duty sheriff's deputies who happened to be exercising at the time.

He was ultimately caught and taken into custody. The gym's owner told deputies Amato is the husband or ex-husband of a former gym member.

It's not known if he has an attorney. The Palm Beach Post reports the trainer was taken to the hospital with broken facial bones.

Copyright 2014 WFLX. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.