Man punches pregnant deaf woman, service dog on Orlando-bound flight

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A service dog and a pregnant deaf woman were punched on an Orlando-bound flight Thursday, police said.

Orlando police said the incident happened on Frontier Airlines Flight 1752 while it was traveling from Colorado Springs to Orlando.

According to an incident report from the Orlando Police Department, the woman, who is 20 weeks pregnant, and her boyfriend, who also is deaf, were traveling with their service dog, a Great Dane named Zariel.

As the plane descended, the wife of Timothy Manley, 59, of Gainesville, complained of being allergic to dogs. When the plane landed and taxied to the gate, the dog woke up and stood up. Timothy Manley then punched the dog with a closed fist, causing it to yelp, the report said.

The couple began yelling at Manley, who police said reacted by getting into the man’s face. At some point, Manley punched the pregnant woman in the stomach.

Police said the altercation continued into the terminal at Orlando International Airport.

Manely was taken into custody at the airport and the case has been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

It’s unclear what charges Manley will be facing.

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