Angry passenger allegedly punches deaf, pregnant woman in the stomach

The suspect also hurt Ms Ramirez's service dog, she claims.
The suspect also hurt Ms Ramirez's service dog, she claims. Photo credit: Facebook

A deaf and pregnant woman has alleged she was punched in the stomach on a flight to Orlando by a fellow passenger. 

Hazel Ramirez, who is 20 weeks pregnant, was traveling with her service dog and her family to Colorado Springs. 

The service dog apparently took up too much space on the plane, suspect Timothy Manley told police according to News 6, and he responded by allegedly punching the dog. The dog then retreated and hid under a seat. 

Outraged by what she had seen, Ms Ramirez told News 6 she yelled at the man and an argument ensued until the plane landed. While the plane taxied, Ms Ramirez says she was punched in the stomach by Manley as he attempted to flee. 

Ms Ramirez was traveling with her deaf husband and their two children from Colorado Springs to Orlando to reveal the gender of their new baby.

She said her husband tackled Manley to the ground to stop him from escaping the authorities. She plans to press charges and testify against Manley in court. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation will be taking over the case, News 6 reports.

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