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October 14, 2017

Charlotte police arrests fan in assault at Panthers game

A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault related to an attack of a fellow Carolina Panthers fan at Thursday’s NFL game between the Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced Friday night.

Kyle Adam Maraghy was charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor, according to police. Maraghy is accused of allegedly punching a 62-year-old man in the face when the man complained about Maraghy standing in front of him during the game.

Maraghy was processed Friday night and his bond set at $1,500, according to Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office online jail records.

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An Instagram video from the game shows the victim pointing at Maraghy, who then punches him repeatedly in the face, causing cuts and bruises.

According to police records, Maraghy has had several run-ins with the law, including a charge for assault and battery in 2013 and possession of LSD in 2010.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report obtained by USA TODAY Sports, the man who was assaulted suffered bruises and scratches and was treated at the scene

The victim told police that the suspect — with a seat in front of him — had been standing during the game, which led to an argument. Police said the victim suffered bruises and scratches after being punched in the face multiple times, and he was treated and released at the scene.

Officers could not find the suspect at the stadium, according to a news releaes.

NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart said earlier Friday that league has been in contact with the Panthers.

“We are aware of it and are in contact with club security,” Lockhart told reporters on Friday. “We have robust security plans in place at all of our games. … We take all of these very seriously.”

Warren Carrigan, who shot the video with his mobile phone, wrote on Instagram the fan who was assaulted told a couple of people in front of him “how rude they are for not sitting” during the game

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