A new video has emerged in the ongoing battle between a deaf man, his pregnant fiancée and their service dog — and the man who police said punched the latter two after a flight from Colorado to Florida.
The video shows the deaf man, Matthew Silvay, in the aisle of the plane on Frontier Airlines Flight 1752, apparently enraged after Timothy Manley allegedly punched the dog, Zariel, ABC News reports.
According to Orlando police, as the flight from Colorado was descending for landing at Orlando International Airport, Timothy and Petrini Manley took issue with fellow passengers’ service dog. Petrini Manley allegedly complained she was allergic to dogs and Timothy Manley complained the dog, a Great Dane, was taking up too much space.
Timothy then punched the service dog with a closed fist, according to police.
The owners of the service dog, Mathew Silvay and Hazel Ramirez, who are both deaf, began arguing with the Manleys “as best they could,” police said, though both communicate using sign language.
Police are also investigating if Manley punched hazel Ramirez, who was 20 weeks pregnant at the time of the attack. Police also state that Manley also had physical contact with Mrs. Ramirez’s children.
“My fiancé started yelling at the man and said, ‘Don’t you ever touch our dog. Don’t touch a service animal ever,'” she said. “‘That’s not OK.'”
Video shows Ramirez and her fiancé respond by angrily signing at Manley.
Petrini Manley, Timothy Manley’s wife, told Channel 9 her husband accidentally swatted the great Dane when it startled him, but he couldn’t convey that to Ramirez’s fiancé.
The Orlando Police Department has handed over the case to the FBI since the incident happened on a plane.
An FBI spokesman said the agency is working with OPD to determine whether anyone will be charged in the case, WFTV 9 Orlando reported
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