EAST RUTHERFORD - Police have charged a Long Island man and three fans from Massachusetts in connection to the video of a male fan punching a woman at a Jets game over the weekend.
Prosecutors say Amanda MacDowell, 25, of Marlborough, Mass., Jaclyn Nugent, 26, and David James Sacco, 28, both of Boston, Mass., were involved in a verbal and physical altercation with Kurt Paschke, 38, of Holbrook, N.Y. The fight happened during Sunday's Jets game on the 100 concourse level.
All four were charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Police say MacDowell and Nugent were seen kicking and punching Paschke in the body and head. Paschke then struck Nugent in the face, police say. Sacco was then seen striking Paschke in the face.
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Paschke has a long criminal history. He served three years for criminally negligent homicide from 1995 until 1998. In 2007, he was arrested for damaging a woman's cellphone, and in 2011, he was arrested for selling alcohol to a minor.
Paschke's parents were quick to defend their son.
His mother Colleen says her son only punched the woman after she and a group of Patriots fans attacked him. "I don't know how anybody can look at the video and say he was the agressor," his father, Kurt Paschke Sr. says.
"If a girl's gonna be out of control like that, why can't a guy defend himself?" Colleen Paschke asks.
East Rutherford Municipal Prosecutor Andrew Cimiluca says he sees fights like this at other games between rival teams.
The suspects will face an appearance at East Rutherford Municipal Court.
The Jets organization says it has "zero tolerance for this behavior" among fans. It is calling it a violation of the team's "Fan Code of Conduct." All four suspects are banned from any event at MetLife Stadium until all legal proceedings have concluded.