Man Punches Deaf Pregnant Woman And Her Service Dog On Flight

Paola Ditto
Mag 21, 2018

Violence erupted on a Frontier flight Thursday and spilled into Orlando International Airport when a passenger allegedly punched a deaf pregnant woman and her service dog, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Mathew Silvay and Hazel Ramirez, who are both deaf, began arguing with another couple, Timothy and Petrini Manley, after Timothy allegedly punched their service dog with a closed fist. Manley told police the service dog "took up more space than [he] felt it deserved". While the plane taxied, Ramirez says she was punched in the stomach by Manley as he attempted to flee. Another man is also heard yelling, "Where's the police?"

The pregnant woman told the Orlando Sentinel her service dog, Zariel had slept through the majority of the flight before waking up when the flight landed and stretching, which led to Manley 'pouncing' on the dog.

According to the police report obtained by HuffPost, the hostilities first began when Manley's wife, 56-year-old Petrini Manley, complained about being allergic to dogs during the plane's descent.

"That's when my fiancé just became furious, because he put his hands on me and the kid and the dog", Ramirez told Orlando station WFTV through a sign language interpreter.

"It's amusing and hilarious that I would have punched her", he said.

Ms Ramirez and her partner Matthew Silvay who is also deaf tried to tell Manley off as best they could but Manley allegedly then punched Ms Ramirez in the stomach
Traveler, 59, 'punched a pregnant, deaf woman AND her service dog on a Frontier flight after accusing her of letting ...

Off the plane, the passengers' feud appeared to escalate.

Phillip Moreno, who works at the airport, shot video of the scene, which he described as total chaos to Orlando's WESH-TV. "She was freaking out". Within the footage, a person could be seen chasing one other particular person.

Two officers arrived at the scene of the scuffle as Timothy Manley passed by them, saying "It took you all long enough to get here", according to the report.

The suspect tried to run away, punching Ramirez in the stomach and pushing her two daughters to the ground, the woman told police.

No one was arrested following the incident, but the FBI is investigating the case because it happened on a plane, according to ABC news.

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