Panthers Fan Throws Punches in Stands, Later Arrested for Assault

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates a Kelvin Benjamin touchdown reception against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in Detroit Sunday Oct. 8 2017
NFL Investigating Horrific Panthers Fan Assault

17 October, 2017

Kyle Adam Maraghy, 26, was charged with simple assault and taken to Mecklenburg Jail in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he is being held on $1,500 bond.

Kyle Adam Maraghy, 26, has been arrested in connection with the assault at Thursday night's game between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles.

After being released from Mecklenburg County jail on Friday night, Maraghy did not comment when asked about the incident by Stephanie Tinoco of WSOC9.

Police on Friday arrested a Panthers fan accused of punching another fan in the face and bloodying him during the Panthers-Eagles game - an attack fans caught on video. Warren Carrigan, who filmed the footage and posted it on Instagram, wrote alongside: "Bro & his chicka were standing for the entire game".

Maraghy then proceeds to punch the older man several times, causing blood to stream down the victim's face.

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"Words gradually got more and more escalated. there previously was a single mom and her son between us, they left halfway through the 3rd", according to the Instagram post. Charlotte police say the man on the receiving end of the punches is 62 years old.

Channel 9 looked into Maraghy's past and found he was charged with assault in 2013 but those charges were dropped. The suspect and his girlfriend allegedly called the seated fan numerous epithets before the fight started.

The team announced Friday it had identified the perpetrator in the video and was working with the CMPD.

The Panthers responded with a news release saying they "are committed to a fan-friendly and family-friendly stadium experience".

Carrigan said the aggressor was seated in section 541 row 24 seat 10.

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