Giants fan facing felony charges after bloody stadium arrest
Patrick Flynn, 29, of Brighton, Mass., was ejected during the fourth quarter of the Giants’ 31-21 defeat Sunday by the previously winless San Francisco 49ers after causing a disturbance that, according to witnesses, started with heckling and ended with seven officers forcibly removing him.
Flynn is now facing charges of battery on a police officer causing injury and resisting arrest, both of which are felonies, as well as two misdemeanor counts of battery on a police officer, according to arrest records from the Santa Clara Police Department.
Flynn is currently being held on $40,000 bail in the Santa Clara County Jail. He’s expected to return to court in San Jose on Wednesday, according to county jail records cited by NBC Bay Area.
Two other fans, including Flynn’s brother, also were arrested on misdemeanor charges following the incident, according to the station.
Kyle Flynn, 26, of Arlington, Va., was arrested on suspicion of one misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice and public drunkenness, arrest records show.
A third person, Lauren Alcatraz, also was arrested following the incident and charged with a misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice, NBC Bay Area reports.
Santa Clara police Capt. Wahid Kazem said the three fans were given warnings about their unruly behavior earlier in the game while in their seats in the first and second rows of Section 121, just above the Giants sideline.
Video footage shows Flynn, while wearing a white Janoris Jenkins jersey, fighting back against cops who initially tried to escort him from his seat. But a witness told NJ.com that Flynn “tried to spit on” one responding officer, leading him to tumble onto the field as they converged on him. He was then pinned to the turf and handcuffed before being led out of the stadium with a female companion. The incident left Flynn with blood on both sides of his face and one officer with a bloody nose, according to the same witness.
“Their actions were determined to be in violation of the stadium’s code of conduct policy,” Kazem told NBC Bay Area.
An officer was injured during the melee and was treated at a hospital before being released hours later, Kazem said.
A 49ers team spokesman, meanwhile, declined to comment, NBC Bay Area reports.