Inside an elevator, an aggravated maintenance man raised his finger in menacing fashion. Gabriel Astengo, a retired Miami nightclub singer who was once a political prisoner in Cuba, swatted him away.
What started as a macho fisticuffs between total strangers spilled out into the lobby of a Miami office building.
It ended with the 68-year-old Astengo behind bars — after he took out his legally concealed pistol and socked janitor Juan Alvarez once over the head.
But surveillance video saved Astengo. After viewing the footage, a judge on Monday threw out the criminal case against Astengo, ruling the man acted in self-defense in pulling his gun against the janitor, who was holding only a wooden pallet.
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