Kurt Paschke II, woman he allegedly punched at Jets game, 2 others charged in fight
A Long Island bartender and the woman he punched in the face after Sunday's Jets game at MetLife Stadium were among four charged with assault and disorderly conduct, New Jersey State Police said Tuesday.
Kurt Paschke II, 38, who as a young man spent time in prison for killing a teenager, struck Jaclyn Nugent, 26, of Boston, police said, after she and a female friend hit and kicked him in the head and body.
"Shortly thereafter, Paschke was observed striking Nugent with a punch to the face," police said in a news release. The altercation was captured in videos that went viral after being posted online.
The police did not say what prompted the brawl, which occurred after the Jets beat the New England Patriots in overtime.
Paschke, Nugent and her friends and fellow Patriots fans -- Amanda MacDowell, 25, of Marlborough, Mass., and David James Sacco, 28, of Boston -- also were charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Police said Sacco punched Paschke after Paschke struck Nugent.
The Jets organization Tuesday barred all four from MetLife Stadium until the criminal matters are resolved.
"We have zero tolerance for this behavior," the Jets said.
In the future, the Jets said they will consider allowing Paschke, Nugent and her friends to return after they submit a written apology and complete an online course on how to behave.
None of the four could be reached for comment.
Paschke's father, Kurt Paschke Sr., on Monday told Newsday that his son was defending himself and his mother, Colleen, 62, who was at the game with friends. Paschke Sr., who was elsewhere at the stadium and did not see the fight, said the Patriots fans were tormenting his son's friends. "This wasn't about who had the better team anymore." After the game, the Patriots fans "jumped" them, the father said.
State court records show the younger Paschke was convicted in the June 27, 1992, fatal stabbing of Henri Ferrer, 17, of Bay Shore, after a fight in Sayville. He spent about 3 years in prison.
He was charged with murder, but his defense attorney, Thomas Spota, now the Suffolk district attorney, successfully argued that the grand jury had not been instructed on justification and self-defense. A second grand jury indicted Paschke on second-degree manslaughter charges, but at trial he was convicted of the lesser negligent homicide charge.
Paschke's current attorney, Bruce Barket of Garden City, said he was disappointed with the New Jersey police department's decision to charge his client, who he said had attended many Jets games without getting into a fight.
"I understand that the old adage is, 'Boys should not hit girls,' " Barket said. "But in the penal law, if someone assaults you, you're not obligated to endure it, regardless of gender."
With Anthony M. DeStefano