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Who is James Anastasio?(Disappointed father of New York Rangers fan, 29, arrested for sucker-punching a Tampa Bay Lightning fan after Thursday game) Wiki, Bio, Age, Suspect, Charged, Attack, Arrest, Instagram, Twitter & Quick Facts

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Who is James Anastasio ?

James Anastasio, 29, was identified by authorities as the man seen in a viral video launching an unprovoked attack on a Lightning fan after Thursday’s playoff game.

Suspect and charged

The father suspect’s, also named James Anastasio, told the New York Post that his son “made a decision.” The elder Anastasio added: “Sometimes the choices in our lives have consequences.”

Anastasio, a Staten Island resident, is charged with assault, disorderly conduct and stalking, according to NYPD sources. He is now banned for life from the Garden, home to the NBA Rangers and New York Knicks.

There is nothing to defend. It is what it is. We’ll wait for him to come home, we’ll pick him up and everything will be fine. Tomorrow is a new day.


The unidentified victim suffered pain and bruising, according to the New York Post. Anastasio was processed on Friday night.

The suspect’s owner told NBC New York that Anastasio “didn’t seem violent” and that he was surprised by the video.

Anastasio’s attorney, Jason Goldman, told in a statement: “We are in the early stages of gathering and learning all the facts.”

Shocking video of the incident, viewed more than 3.5 million times on Twitter, shows the disgruntled Rangers fan spinning around and punching an opposing team supporter as spectators file out of the Garden.

In the video, a fan can be heard yelling at Anastasio: ‘What’s wrong with you?’ While another exclaims: ‘Oh no!’


Cops responded and arrested Anastasio inside Madison Square Garden around 11:45 p.m. m local time. The Rayo fan refused to receive medical attention at the scene.

Garden management issued a statement Friday saying the “assailant” would be banned from the venue for life, without naming Anastasio.

“Last night, an abominable assault took place against a Tampa Bay fan late in the game, followed by a second assault against an individual who bravely intervened,” the statement said.

“All guests, no matter what team they support, should feel safe and respected at The Garden,” the venue added.Garden management said the injured fan had received medical attention and would receive ongoing support from its guest services team.


Random attacks in New York City are also on the rise. On May 25, a 61-year-old Brooklyn man was killed when an attacker punched him as he walked toward his home.

In a video of the attack released by the NYPD, Victor Vega is seen walking with two men before the attack. After receiving a senseless punch, he is seen falling on his back.

One of the two attackers, who is still on the run, is seen rummaging through Vega’s pockets, taking something out of him and then passing it to his accomplice.

Quick Facts

  • James Anastasio, 29, was arrested on Thursday for the attack at Madison Square Garden
  • The suspect’s father said that there is ‘nothing to defend’ about his son’s actions 
  • Anastasio has been charged with assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment in Manhattan Criminal Court
  • He is also banned from the Garden, home to both the Rangers and the NBA’s New York Knicks, for life 
  • Rangers lost 3-1 and now face playoff elimination in Game 6 on Saturday 
  • Incident at the Garden comes as New York City crime jumps 40% in 2022 compared to last year 

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