Man punches veteran for refusing to let daughter pet service dog

The search for the man accused of punching a disabled Army veteran in the face at a Fayetteville Dunkin Donuts Monday afternoon has come to an end. Manlius Police say they have arrested and charged 21-year-old Dominick Vidal in the case./ Manlius Police Department

MANLIUS, N.Y. -- The man accused of punching a disabled Army veteran in the face Monday morning at a Fayetteville Dunkin Donuts turned himself in to police after his co-workers told him they saw his picture on the news, according to the Manlius Police Department.

Dominick Vidal, 21, of Syracuse, turned himself into police at 6 p.m. yesterday "to claim responsibility for his actions" after surveillance photos were released to the public hours after the alleged incident took place.

The incident with the veteran happened around 11:15 a.m. Monday when Manlius Police responded to a fight at the Dunkin Donuts on East Genesee Street. Police say the disabled veteran and his service dog were at the counter when a man confronted him about an issue regarding the dog.

Police say Vidal told them he became angry with the victim and punched him twice in the face after he told his daughter she could not pet his dog since it was a service animal.

He fled the scene shortly after.

The veteran was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

He reportedly told police he overreacted and "should not have done what he did."

The 21-year-old is charged with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.

He is scheduled to appear in the Village of Fayetteville Court on Jan. 12.


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