A deaf pregnant woman and her service dog were reportedly punched during a Frontier Airlines flight from Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Orlando, Florida.
The Orlando Police Department said Timothy Manley felt the service dog, a great dane, was taking up too much space and hit the dog with a closed fist.
Hazel Ramirez, who is deaf and 20 weeks pregnant, told WKMG via written message what happened next:
So my husband gets mad and yelled at the man to tell him never touch any dogs or service animals. The man continued used his fist hand at my dog so I went in and told his wife that he should never punch my dog for no reason.
The police report says that Manley punched Ramirez in the stomach and her husband Matt Silva tackled Manley to prevent him from evading police, who soon arrived at the gate.
Ramirez recalled more of the incident:
Unfortunately the man determined to leave so he ran and punched my belly then pushed my two daughters, they fell and cried so hard.
Officials from Frontier Airlines claimed there was a “confrontation” between passengers, which contradicted the police version:
The safety and security of our passengers is our top priority at Frontier. Upon deplaning Flight 1752 from Colorado Springs to Orlando, there was a confrontation between passengers. Police were immediately notified to aid in de-escalating the situation.
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