Astros Fan Charged With Assault After Slapping A Yankees Fan

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Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals booked their first trip to the World Series for the first time in history. But the heated series taking place between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees has caused some serious friction in the stands when an Astros season ticket holder attacked a Yankees fan in the stands.

A 73-year-old season ticket holder was arrested for slapping a Yankees fan sitting near him five times at the end of Sunday’s Game 2 of the AL Championship series. Here are what witnesses said according to a news station in Houston KTRK.

“He’s a big guy with long arms, so he just reached back and slapped him on the face,” said Lea Menchaca, who was sitting in the same section and witnessed the incident.
“(Dinkins) reached back and slammed him on the face, five times, like repeated five time slap,” recalled Menchaca, who says the Yankees fan was attending the game with his mother. “As soon as that happened the mom was like, ‘No you don’t touch him, what are you doing?'”

The victim in this case, Manuel Bitolas, is a Yankees fan living in West Texas. Bitolas says he cheered on the Yankees and Dinkins then exchanged words with him. Bitolas said he thought Dinkins was just joking, not realizing he was actually angry.

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