Animal rights activist William Prusinowski, 19, was arraigned this week and charged with felony second-degree assault after allegedly hitting a member of a family that owns a New York fur store.
According to police, Prusinowski became upset when Kristoforos J. Politis, 19, showed up at a party held at a third party’s home. Prusinowski is affiliated with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and called Politics an “animal murderer” and told him to leave the party.
The Post-Standard reported that,
When Politis began to turn around to leave, Prusinowski punched Politis in the face, knocking him to the ground and causing serious injury to his eye, [Capt. Tom] Winn said.
Prusinowski was originally charged with third-degree assault, but that was upgraded to second-degree assault after Politis had to see an eye surgeon for his injury. Politis also suffered a concussion in the attack, according to police.
Supporter of PETA charged with assault. Meghan Rubado, The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), August 7, 2004.
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