The New England Patriots fan who was punched in the face by an ex-convict Jets fan will face assault charges as well for her role in the MetLife Stadium brawl.
Jaclyn Nugent, 26, from Boston, was one of four people to receive a summons from New Jersey State police on Tuesday, the New York Post reports. She was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.
According to Nugent’s LinkedIn profile, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in criminal justice, the New York Post reports. Her account has since been deleted. She reportedly works as an “application specialist” at Meditech, a health care technology firm. Photos of Nugent can be viewed here.
Nugent’s friend, 25-year-old Amanda MacDowell, was also charged in the case. "The women were the aggressors,” a law enforcement source told the New York Post.
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According to a police report, Nugent and MacDowell “were observed kicking and punching [Jets fan Kurt] Paschke in the body and head.” That’s when Paschke, the now-infamous Jets fan with green camouflage shorts, responded by punching Nugent in the face, authorities believe.
Paschke, Nugent, MacDowell, and a fourth individual named David Sacco were all charged for their roles in the fight, the New York Post reports. They are scheduled to appear in East Rutherford, N.J., Municipal Court on Nov. 13.
The 38-year-old Paschke claims that he only punched the Patriots fan in defense of his mother and friends, who had allegedly been heckled and threatened throughout the afternoon. “It is clear that Kurt was defending himself, his mother and his friends from attack,” Paschke’s lawyer, Bruce Barket, said in a statement. “Kurt’s two friends were unfortunately injured by the group and, as a result, had to be hospitalized. After the police complete their investigation, we expect Kurt to be vindicated.”
This isn’t Paschke’s first brush with the law. The 38-year-old bartender was previously convicted in the fatal 1992 stabbing of a 17-year-old man behind a Long Island pizza parlor, the New York Daily News reported. At the time, Paschke’s lawyers claimed that he stabbed Henri Ferrer four times in self-defense.