WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - 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 is out of the hospital but his family says he 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 six-foot-three, two-hundred-twenty-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.
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