SOUTH-WEST OF MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man has been released from prison and shares his side of a confrontation at a South Florida gymnasium where he is accused of inappropriate behavior that led him to lash out.
Lenin Sanchez, 57, was released from prison on Wednesday after being arrested for pulling a knife in a gymnasium after being accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior towards a couple.
Sanchez is seen on cellphone video holding the knife inside an LA Fitness at 8555 SW 124th Ave. on Monday.
He was later arrested and appeared in court on Tuesday.
The judge, when Sanchez appeared in court, gave him either house arrest or $5,000 bond.
“A standard bond. I saw New York priors,” a prosecutor said. “Including a prior robbery conviction where he went to state prison.”
He was charged with aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
Sanchez told 7News exclusively on Wednesday his side of the story.
He said his rage started when he was caught staring at another man’s girlfriend.
“The girl, you know, she looked good,” Sanchez said.
The girl was with her boyfriend, Khuslen Khan, working out, and Sanchez started recording the girl with his phone.
“I just took a quick look,” Sanchez said.
“It got a little weird when he pulled out his cell phone and started positioning himself behind her,” Khan said the day before.
“Any man will look, you know, she was a beautiful girl,” Sanchez said. “She started squatting really well.”
On the cellphone video, Khan said to Sanchez, “Yo, do you mind doing this for me?”
Sanchez replied, “Oh, but your girlfriend is fine bro. What’s wrong with that? I can watch her if I want.
“I say, respectfully, you make us uncomfortable,” Khan said.
Sanchez told 7News that Khan threatened him after the exchange of words, which led him to…
“I go out, I come in and I say: ‘[expletive] do what you say you are going to do,” he said. “I came back with something – yeah.”
The “thing” was a knife. He was seen in the crowded gymnasium and video approaching Khan with it.
Khan had fled to the parking lot and retrieved a gun.
“I run to my car. I pull out my strap it [Sanchez] go, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you had a gun,'” Khan said on the cellphone video.
“So he had a gun,” Sanchez said.
Khan told 7News he never pointed the gun at Sanchez, only brandished it, and only after being chased by Sanchez. He said showing his gun was what made Sanchez back down.
An off-duty officer was in the area and could be seen on video knocking Sanchez down in the parking lot.
Sanchez is also no longer allowed to return to the LA Fitness gym and must stay away from the victim.
“I’m just sad that they banned me from LA Fitness,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez is currently under house arrest.
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