Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested the suspect who allegedly assaulted a fan at a Panthers-Eagles football game Thursday night. The assault was caught on video and spread throughout the internet, quickly becoming viral. A panthers fan is seen repeatedly punching a man sitting behind him.
— CMPD News (@CMPD) October 13, 2017
Kyle Adam Maraghy, 26, has been arrested in connection with the assault at Thursday night’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles. Here’s a video of the incident:
Early Friday morning, Warren Carrigan posted footage of the bloodied encounter on his Facebook and Instagram pages. Carrigan claims that the fight broke out in section 541. He said that a man wearing a Panthers jersey and a woman standing next to him were both standing up for the entire game. Corrigan wrote that, “The dude took offense to the couple never sitting down and obstructing his view.”
Shortly before 6 P.M. on Friday, CMPD sent out a tweet, confirming the arrest of Kyle Adam Maraghy in connection with Thursday night’s assault.
The video shows the sucker-punch in action. Blood was dripping from the man’s face at the end of their exchange. The victim is a 62-year-old who got into an argument with the 26-year-old because him and the woman standing next to him refused to sit down, and were obstructing his view of the game.
Carrigan wrote, “Just so the general public knows, just about every agency that has contacted me requesting permission to use the content, I’ve given as much additional information as I could and have not requested to be compensated. I just want justice for the poor old guy who just wanted to watch a football game.”
The Carolina Panthers have released an official statement on the incident:
“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.”
The NFL are also investigating the assault.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 13, 2017
Maraghy and his girlfriend reportedly escaped the stadium following the incident, hopping over multiple rows before exiting the arena. He was later identified and taken into custody by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.
Who is Kyle Adam Maraghy?
Kyle Adam Maraghy
Kyle Adam Maraghy is a 26-year-old Lake Norman High School graduate (class of ’09). He studied at Mitchell Community College, but it isn’t known if he graduated or what subject he studied. But according to the school’s website, Maraghy made the dean’s list on multiple occasions (2015, 2016, and most recently in May 2017).
Maraghy also has a history of violent crimes. In December 2013, he was charged with assault and battery, although additional information to that specific case has not been made available to the public. . He was also arrested for assault on another occasion that year. However, in two incidents, he claimed to be the victim.
In 2015, Maraghy was charged with reckless driving.
In 2011, when Kyle was 20-years-old, he was arrested for possession of LSD. He also had a number of traffic violation citations including speeding and deviating from a traffic lane and having an expired vehicle registration.
Over in North Carolina, assault and battery is typically classified as a Class 2 misdemeanor when the victim has only sustained minor injuries. The offense is usually punishable by placing the defendant on probation and giving him/her a sentence of one to 30 days in prison. If that person already has a record, than a sentence of 60 days and a fine as high as $1,000 may be issued.