Man who attacked disabled Army veteran in Dunkin Donuts arrested

Photo credit: Manlius Police Department

A man who is accused of punching a disabled Army veteran in the face on Monday morning has been arrested.  The incident occurred at a Dunking Donuts in in Fayetteville , NY when a disabled veteran refused the man’s request to let his daughter pet the service dog.

Police were able to capture pictures of Domick Vidal, 21, of Syracuse punching the veteran and fleeing the scene. They quickly released them to the media in an attempt to track down the man who committed the assault.

According to the Manlius Police Department, Vidal turned himself in when his co-workers told him they saw his pictures on the news.  Police officials stated that the incident occurred at 11:15 AM and they immediately responded to the report of a fight.

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According the the Huffington Post, The 28-year-old veteran was at the Dunkin Donuts counter when Vidal approached with his daughter and asked to pet the dog.  [The veteran] told them, ‘This is a working service animal, stay away,’” Jeffrey Slater, a police sergeant in nearby Manlius, New York said Thursday.  Vidal apparently interpreted the veteran’s response as rude and punched him twice in the face, knocking him to the ground.

Police officer Jeffery Slater has assured that the veteran did not provoke Vidal by pushing his daughter away from the dog as some internet users have suggested.  After Vidal confessed to his wrong doing, Police have charged him with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.

The veteran, who wishes to remain anonymous, has said his disability is related to combat injuries.  He was treated at the scene for the injuries sustained from Vidal’s assault and later needed stitches.  It is not known at this time if he will be seeking restitution for the injuries he received during the assault.

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