Mathew Smith was arrested on November 7, just days after the police sought out the community’s help in identifying him. The 42-year-old has been charged with one count each of homicide and assault.
Recently released surveillance video from the June 26th incident shows Smith and his wife, Elena Marakova, approaching Gorman from behind at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Main Street.
Smith hits Gorman in the head with a closed fist, and as Gorman falls to the ground, the couple is seen calmly walking away.
Gorman was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital then transferred to Jamaica Hospital, where he died a few hours later.
His death was ruled a homicide on October 29 after a medical examiner found that he died from a combination of the punch, a stroke he suffered afterwards, and a contributing heart condition.
Smith bragged about the attack on his Facebook page almost immediately.
Within hours, Smith posted an explanation of why he punched Gorman. According to multiple posts, Gorman disrespected Makarova while the three were on the bus.
“Dude thought it was ok to disrespect wifey while on the bus thinkin’ nobody was gonna pop up,” Smith wrote in a post. “Not gonna go into details, but I had to smack ‘em to sleep.”
In a response to a commenter, Smith later added, “Nah I don’t feel bad for protecting mine at all, I’d do it again. I feel bad for how he got folded up.”
It is unclear whether or not Smith knew Gorman had died from the attack before the video surfaced.
While Smith deleted his Facebook page last Friday, Makarova kept her page active and left a post on Sunday morning in support of her husband.
Marakova, a 39-year-old certified substance abuse counselor, also claimed that the attack occurred after Gorman provoked the couple.
Smith has published two poetry books “My Life My Legacy Volume 1” and “Realms of my Reality,” which centered around growing up in upstate New York with a single mom and two siblings, as well as the trials and tribulations during certain stages in his life.
Gorman was a baseball fan who traveled around the country to watch games. On the night of his death, he was headed home from Baltimore, where he watched the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays play.