CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A Panthers fan who was caught on camera repeatedly punching another fan in the face during Thursday night’s game between the Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles has been arrested, police say. App users click here.
Kyle Adam Maraghy, was arrested and charged with assault in connection to the incident. He bonded out of Mecklenburg County Jail Friday night.
In the video, a Panthers fan--Maraghy-- was observed sucker-punching another man in the stands right in the face during Thursday night's football game. The video shows a number of people attempted to break up the fight.
dude bro & his chicka were standing for the entire game. words gradually got more and more escalated. there previously was a single mom and her son between us, they left halfway through the 3rd. after that, the lid was off. the dude took offense to the couple never sitting down and obstructing his view. the victim telling the dude bro how they’re being jerks and how rude they are for not sitting. the dude bro turns around and calls the victim a “geriatric fuck”, “faggot”, and “hick”. then sucker punches him right in the face. i don’t know if he got away or left in handcuffs, but i hope it’s the latter. edit: to clarify further, both the puncher and punchee were wearing Panthers attire.
Warran C., who took the video, tells FOX 46 Charlotte that the alleged assailant was seated in section 541, row 24, seat 10.
FOX 46 confirmed a police report was filed by the victim, a 62-year-old man. The victim was treated on scene at Bank of America Stadium for bruises and scratches, the report states. The incident is being categorized as a 'simple assault'. The victim and attacker were not known to each other.
The NFL was in contact with Carolina Panthers security following the incident, according to National Insider for NFL Network Ian Rapoport.
Statement from Lance Emory, Panthers' Executive Director of Risk Management:
“We have reviewed video tape of the incident and have identified the perpetrator. We are working with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to pursue charges to the fullest extent of the law.
The Carolina Panthers are committed to a fan-friendly and family-friendly stadium experience. The behavior exhibited by the perpetrator is unacceptable and will not be condoned at Bank of America Stadium.”
CMPD said officers attempted to locate the assailant inside the stadium but were unsuccessful. CMPD said they've reviewed the video, gathered information and are working to apprehend the suspect involved.
This remains an active, ongoing investigation.