A US Navy sailor was verbally and physically assaulted by a woman at a pizza parlor who accused him of wearing a fake uniform and lying about his service.
A viral video capturing the scene opens with the woman throwing Sean Notle Jr.’s Navy cover to the ground, calling it ‘disgusting’ as she slaps the US service member in the face inside the lobby of Central Pizza, in Berlin, Connecticut.
Notle Jr. – who was still in his military camouflage after stepping out for lunch from the Naval Submarine School, in nearby Groton – kept a cool head as his friend video taped the incident.
The woman went on to call the Navy sailor a ‘f**king piece of sh*t.’
‘You disgrace the U.S. You disgrace the USA,’ the woman yelled as she accused Notle Jr., of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, of stolen valor.
The incident took place last weekend inside the lobby of Central Pizza on Mill Street in Berlin, where the woman was videotaped verbally and physically assaulting Sean Nolte Jr
The woman was videotaped verbally and physically assaulting Sean Nolte Jr, who is a student at the submarine school on the Naval SUBASE in Groton
‘Ma’am, you’re on camera,’ Maria Karoni, a friend of Nolte Jr. who videotaped the incident was overheard saying in the video.
‘Show his uniform,’ the woman continued to yell.
Despite showing her his military ID, the woman did not believe the Nolte Jr. was in the Navy.
After she left the pizzeria several times, Nolte Jr. said the woman returned and started yelling at the staff that she knows Nolte is ‘a fake’ because her husband is in the Army.
Notle Jr. said he tried his best to keep the situation calm and even told the woman to thank her husband on his behalf for his service.
Jason Bikakis, the owner of Central Pizza, told News 8 he was shocked by what he saw.
‘I have never seen something like that,’ he said.
Bikakia said he witnessed the woman slap the sailor.
‘Slap him, yes, in the face like she knows him for a long time,’ Bikakis said.
Police have not yet released the woman’s name, but told News 8 she questioned the sailors uniform.
In a Facebook post sharing his account of the incident, Nolte Jr. said he stopped off-base to grab pizza with a friend on Sept. 11 when a woman came in and began staring at him
In a Facebook post sharing his account of the incident, Nolte Jr. said he stopped off-base to grab pizza with a friend on Sept. 11 when a woman came in and began staring at him.
‘I proceed to attempt to prove that I am not a fake, even pulled out my VALID Military ID and showed it to her,’ Nolte wrote. ‘She kept claiming that my Military ID is fake, and proceeds to show me her DEPENDENT MILITARY ID, and screams ‘This is what your ID should look like.’
Just two months ago, WHTM, the ABC affiliate from Notle Jr.’s hometown, featured him in a public service announcement, Hartford Courant reported.
‘Today we salute Sean Nolte Jr., of Harrisburg, who is a 2017 graduate of Harrisburg High School Sci-Tech Campus. Nolte is serving with the U.S. Navy in Groton, Connecticut,’ the station said. ‘We salute you, and thank you for your service.’
The incident took place last weekend inside the lobby of Central Pizza on Mill Street in Berlin
After she left the pizzeria several times, Nolte Jr. said the woman returned and started yelling at the staff that she knows Nolte is ‘a fake’ because her husband is in the Army
Although the video was seen by thousands, it wasn’t until police released it to news outlets when tips began rolling in.
‘We got a bunch of tips yesterday [Tuesday] that we followed up on,’ Acting Berlin Police Chief Chris Ciuci said. ‘We were able to identify the suspect. She met with our investigators, and she’s cooperating so we anticipate there will be charges forthcoming.’
Police say they have similar videos like ones taken from surveillance cameras in the lobby of the restaurant. While the investigation remains open, police do not want to release those videos.
‘She was in a public restaurant and she created alarm by her language and by assaulting someone,’ Ciuci said. ‘So, there are charges related to breach of peace and assault in the third degree that we’re pursuing.’