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A man punched a pregnant, deaf woman and her service dog on a plane ride to Florida, police say

A man is accused of attacking a deaf couple and their service dog while they were travelling on a plane headed toward Orlando.

The incident happened as Matthew Silvay, 30, and Hazel Ramirez, 21, were on Frontier Flight 1752 as it left Colorado Springs on its way to Orlando on May 17, according to an Orlando Police Department incident report.

Ramirez, who is 20 weeks pregnant, and Silvay were also travelling with their service dog, a Great Dane named Zariel. When the plane was descending, Petrini Manley, 56, complained to her husband Timothy Manley, 59, that she was allergic to dogs, the arrest report read.

And as the plane landed and headed toward the gate, Zariel woke up and stood up.

"The larger service animal took up more space than Timothy felt it deserved and punched it with a closed fist, causing it to yelp," the arrest report read. "The dog Zariel shook her head and went under a seat."

The couple became upset and "began yelling at Timothy as best they could," the arrest report read. That’s when Timothy Manley "reacted by getting in Matthew’s face" and punching Hazel in the stomach at some point, police said.

The conflict spilled into the airport terminal as a flight attendant contacted law enforcement. Silvay told law enforcement that he tackled Timothy Manley and held him down until they arrived. All people involved in the incident refused medical attention, police said.

The FBI is looking into the incident, and Ramirez plans to press charges. It’s unclear what charges Timothy Manley will face, according to the arrest report.

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