A New York Rangers fan has been arrested after sucker-punching a Tampa Bay Lightning supporter after Thursday’s recreation at Madison Sq. Backyard.
James Anastasio, 29, was recognized by authorities as the person seen in a viral video launching an unprovoked assault towards a Lightning fan after Thursday’s playoff recreation, which New York misplaced.
Anastasio, a resident of Staten Island, is charged with assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment, in response to NYPD sources. He’s now banned from the Backyard, residence to each the Rangers and the NBA’s New York Knicks, for all times.
The unidentified sufferer suffered ache and bruising, in response to the New York Submit. Anastasio is ready to be arraigned on Friday night time.
Anastasio’s lawyer Jason Goldman instructed DailyMail.com in a press release: ‘We are in the very beginning stages of gathering and learning all the facts.’
‘For now, we want to assure James is released back to his family in a timely manner, then will turn our attention to defending him in Court,’ he added.
Surprising video of the incident, seen greater than 2.eight million occasions on Twitter, exhibits the disgruntled Rangers fan whirling round and punching a supporter of the opposing crew as spectators exit the Backyard.
James Anastasio, 29, was recognized by authorities as the person (left in purple shirt) seen in a viral video launching an unprovoked assault towards a Lightning fan after Thursday’s playoff recreation
The Lightning fan was knocked out chilly however reportedly refused medical consideration on the scene
It is unclear from the video whether or not the pair exchanged phrases earlier than the assault.
Police stated that Anastasio tried to run away from the scene, however was detained by a 37-year-old witness, who was additionally punched within the face, in response to New York Every day Information.
Cops responded and positioned Anastasio below arrest. The Lightning fan refused medical consideration on the scene.
Administration on the Backyard issued a press release on Friday saying that the ‘assailant’ could be banned from the venue for all times, with out naming Anastasio.
‘Final night time, an abhorrent assault happened towards a Tampa Bay fan on the conclusion of the sport — adopted by a second assault towards a person who bravely intervened,’ the assertion stated.
‘All company — it doesn’t matter what crew they help — ought to really feel secure and revered in The Backyard,’ the venue added.
The Backyard administration stated that the assaulted fan had been supplied with medical care and would get ongoing help from its visitor providers crew.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers battle throughout the third interval in Sport 5 of the Jap Convention Remaining of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Sq. Backyard
The principle occasion featured Lightning captain Steven Stamkos (left) and Rangers star Alexis Lafreniere – a pair of former first-overall draft picks
Thursday’s recreation was Sport 5 of the NHL Jap Convention finals, and the Lightning beat the Rangers 3-1.
Ondrej Palat’s tip-in snapped a tie with 1:50 remaining in regulation after a New York turnover.
Tampa Bay leads the best-of-seven collection three video games to 2 and may safe its third straight journey to the Stanley Cup closing on Saturday night time, in the event that they win a house recreation towards the Rangers.
The Lightning are 6-1 at residence within the postseason whereas the Rangers head into their sixth elimination recreation with a 2-7 highway mark within the playoffs.
Tensions have been clearly working excessive on the ice at Thursday’s recreation, which erupted right into a brawl between gamers after the ultimate horn.
Lafreniere (left) received in some good pictures, however most likely took a number of extra from Stamkos (proper)
Gamers on each groups dropped gloves after Lighting star Nikita Kucherov flung a meaningless shot off Rangers defenseman Adam Fox.
Coming off a 3rd consecutive loss and now going through elimination in Saturday’s Sport 6, Fox took exception and retaliated by slashing the Russian-born winger.
Kucherov was naturally displeased and inside a second, a number of melees broke out concurrently across the ice.
The principle occasion featured Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and Rangers star Alexis Lafreniere – a pair of former first-overall draft picks.
The incident on the Backyard comes as New York Metropolis crime stays excessive. General crime is up virtually 40 p.c in 2022 in comparison with the identical interval final yr.
Each violent crime, besides homicide and shootings are up within the Huge Apple with felony assault up 19 p.c, housebreaking up 32 p.c, and theft up 39 p.c.
Random assaults in New York Metropolis are additionally on the rise. On Could 25, a 61-year-old Brooklyn man was killed when he was sucker punched by an attacker as he walked residence
Random assaults in New York Metropolis are additionally on the rise. On Could 25, a 61-year-old Brooklyn man was killed when he was sucker punched by an attacker as he walked residence.
In a video of the assault launched by the NYPD, Victor Vega is seen strolling alongside two males earlier than the assault. After being senselessly punched, he’s seen falling on his again.
One of many two attackers, who’re nonetheless on the run, is seen rifling by means of Vega’s pockets, eradicating one thing f after which passing it to his confederate.
The pair are then seen casually strolling away as Vega lies lifeless on the street.
Police have dominated his dying a murder and proceed to seek for the 2 suspects.
Each violent crime, besides homicide, can also be up within the Huge Apple with felony assault, housebreaking, and theft up considerably at 19, 32, and 39 p.c, respectively.