Crew SC fan assaulted by visiting fans en route to match at MAPFRE Stadium
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Columbus police are trying to obtain additional information from a Crew SC fan allegedly attacked on his way to a match at MAPFRE Stadium against Toronto FC Saturday afternoon.
A Columbus police report filed in the case showed 15 adults and five children were walking near 17th Avenue and 4th Street when they were met by six males in black, Toronto FC fan T-shirts with flares. A Crew SC fan visiting from Cleveland called Columbus police said he'd been knocked to the ground and beaten up. That's not all.
"At some point, somebody used a flare on his lower extremities, and he sustained some burns to his legs," according to Columbus Police Sgt. Dean Worthington.
Worthington said the victim didn't hang around long.
"He decided to forego treatment, and went to the Crew game and watch the soccer game instead of sticking around, and providing statements to the responding detectives," Worthington added.
Vinnie Susi has lived near 17th Avenue and 4th Street for a year. He hit record on his cell phone camera when he looked out and saw flares flying.
"As I watched more, I could see and smell the smoke, and see the flares and the people screaming at each other," Susi said.
Police made attempts to contact the victim from Cleveland to build a case, but haven't had luck.
"We've lost contact with him. He hasn't contacted us. He hasn't made any effort to contact the investigative detectives," Worthington said.
A Columbus Crew dv spokesperson said they'd been made aware of the incident that happened one mile from the stadium and any further comments would need to come from Columbus Police.
ABC 6/FOX 28 called the Cleveland man who reported the melee, but haven't heard back.
"We're willing to take his statement, and his observations,. We just hope that he's okay," Worthington said.