The man arrested for punching a protester in the face and then stomping on him during a Donald Trump rally in Tucson, Arizona has been confirmed to be an active duty airman stationed at a nearby base.
The attacker has been confirmed as 32-year-old Tony Pettway, who is stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, according to a public affairs official.
Captain Casey Osborne, 55th Fighter Wing Chief of Public Affairs, issued a written statement on the incident.
I can confirm the individual depicted in these videos is an Airman assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. We are reviewing the situation, fully cooperating with local authorities, and will take appropriate action.
The statement then went on to condemn Pettway’s violent actions:
All DOD members are authorized to participate in the political process in their personal capacity without implying any endorsement from the DOD. We believe wholeheartedly in our fellow Americans’ rights to express their views on political issues, and we strongly condemn any attempt to silence those views through force or violence.
Video of the incident appeared online shortly after the assault took place. Pettway can be seen sucker-punching and kicking a protester, identified as Brian Sanders, as he was walking up the stairs while being escorted out of the event by security.
Police officers promptly arrested Pettway, and he has since been released on bail.
Watch the attack for yourself here:
Went to the Trump rally just to see how crazy it would be……..this is insane pic.twitter.com/QFwSwmNoI0
— Alex Satterly (@alex_satterly) March 19, 2016
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