Daniel Amato: Man charged with hitting gym instructor with weight

Trainer suffers broken facial bones

A West Palm Beach man faces charges for hitting a gym instructor with a weight.

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 in Wellington. 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.

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