A florida man Police say he was arrested Wednesday after assaulting the 63-year-old disabled veteran who served as an umpire at his son̵7;s high school baseball game last month.
Jorge Aponte-Gonzalez, 41, was arrested and charged with felony vandalism and disrupting a school function, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said he did on April 18 at Liberty High School in Kissimmee, Fla. Punched umpire Ray Mora during a game.
“One of the players started verbally arguing with the umpire, exchanging words. Therefore umpire clearly going to maintain control of the sport, because that’s what they’re there to do — to make sure the kids learn everything they can about sportsmanship’s conduct,” Sheriff Marco Lopez said during a press conference. said during
Video of the brawl showed an unsuspecting Mora walking off the field in the middle of the inning as Aponte-Gonzalez came up behind him.
Lopez said, “As his back is turned … the father of one of the high school students who is at the game leaves the stands, walks straight toward the umpire and fouls him out. Just ground him right there.” but drops it.”
“The kid was being disruptive, so the umpire said, ‘Hey, take it down,’ keep control,” Lopez said. “They went back and forth a little bit. I don’t know exactly what was exchanged, but … that’s what upset the father.”
Aponte-Gonzalez told law enforcement that he was “defending my child”, but Lopez said during the press conference that he showed no remorse.
Lopez said, “This umpire is a 63-year-old man.” “He’s a veteran. A United States Military Veteran. He does this because he has a passion for baseball and loves to give back to his community. He likes to dedicate his time to baseball and the kids.”
Aponte-Gonzalez was not in police custody as of Friday, according to online jail records.