AFTER LIGHTNING GAME 5 VICTORY, RANGERS FAN ARRESTED FOR ATTACK ON LIGHTNING FAN.
Police said the Rangers fan assaulted a second person who tried to stop him from leaving the scene.
A New York Rangers fan was arrested Friday after he was caught on video sucker-punching another man following the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3-1 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night.
James Anastasio, a 29-year-old Staten Island resident, was charged with two counts of assault, two accounts of disorderly conduct and two accounts of harassment after he was identified as the fan who viciously attacked a Tampa Bay fan in a video that has since gone viral on social media, according to FOX 13.
Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers had been undefeated for eight-straight games until Thursday’s loss, released a statement condemning the incident.
“Last night, an abhorrent assault took place against a Tampa Bay fan at the conclusion of the game — followed by a second assault against an individual who bravely intervened,” the statement read.
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“All guests — no matter what team they support — should feel safe and respected in The Garden. This has and always will be our policy.”
The statement went on to say that Anastasio would receive a lifetime ban from MSG and all other affiliated venues as a result.
An NYPD spokesperson told the New York Post that after the altercation, the suspect left the scene and was stopped by an eyewitness who was also punched in the face. Police said the initial incident began with an interaction between the suspect and victim, but witnesses said the attack was unprovoked.
The victim received medical attention on the scene, according to MSG.