Florida man ‘punches deaf pregnant woman and her service dog on plane because the Great Dane was too big’
Police said Timothy Manley of Colorado punched Zariel the Great Dane for taking up too much space on the plane, then hit Zariel’s owner in the stomach. She is 20 weeks pregnant
A 59-year-old man punched a deaf pregnant woman and her service dog inside a Frontier flight upon landing in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, Orlando Police said.
According to a police report, Timothy Manley was travelling from Colorado Springs, Colorado, along with his wife, Petrini Manley, 56, and Joshua Manley, 27, all from Gainesville.
Petrini Manley complained of being allergic to dogs as the plane descended and was being taxied to the gate at the Orlando International Airport. The service animal, a Great Dane, woke up and Timothy Manley told police the dog “took up more space than [he] felt it deserved.”
Timothy Manley punched the service dog, Zariel, and caused it to yelp. Zariel shook her head and hid under a seat, according to the police report.
The 21-year-old woman and her 30-year-old partner, who is also deaf, tried to yell at Timothy Manley as best as they could, the report indicates. Police said Timothy Manley then got into the man’s face and punched the woman, who is about 20 weeks pregnant. He hit her in the stomach, according to local television station WESH.
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 30-year-old man said he tackled Timothy Manley until police arrived. All the people involved declined medical treatment, but the woman said she wants to prosecute and is willing to testify on court.
Orlando Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Guido said the incident report has been handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the investigation since the altercation happened on the plane.