PhillyVoice An Eagles fan was arrested for allegedly punching a horse – and the state trooper riding it – prior to the NFC Championship game on Sunday. That makes it two straight weeks that an Eagles fan has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly striking a police horse. The first incident came after a fan was ejected from the Eagles divisional road playoff game. The latter came prior to the Eagles’ 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, a win that advanced the Birds to their first Super Bowl in 13 years. Police arrested Andrew Tornetta, 19, of North Wales, Montgomery County, after he allegedly struck a Pennsylvania State Police horse twice and then socked the corporal riding it. The incident occurred around 3:15 p.m. as the corporal attempted to dismiss a large crowd of tailgaters who had gathered in lot M5 at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia, according to police. Tornetta allegedly refused to the leave the area, prompting the mounted corporal to escort him away from the crowd. Police said Tornetta became “verbally combative” and attempted to pry himself loose by removing his jacket. When the corporal grabbed Tornetta by his sweatshirt, he punched the horse twice on its right shoulder, police said. Then he allegedly hit the corporal in the face, causing redness and swelling. Tornetta then began walking back into the crowd, attempting to flee, police said. Fellow mounted patrol officers took him into custody. Tornetta is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and related charges, authorities said.
Hey, I recognize Andrew Tornetta, he gave us this legendary picture when he was arrested before the NFC Championship Game yesterday:
At the time of his arrest, we only knew Andrew Tornetta, fought with police and ended up bloodied and in cuffs, but now we know that in addition to punching a police officer Andrew Tornetta also punched the officer’s horse. Punching a horse at Lincoln Financial Field is a copycat crime, because after the Philadelphia Eagles best the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round of the playoffs, Eagles fan Taylor Hendricks was also arrested for punching a police horse. In two home playoffs games in the city of brotherly love, two police horses have been punched by Eagles fans, and while both horses were uninjured the Philadelphia horse community has to be excited the Eagles are done hosting games until the fall.
Stay classy, Philadelphia!