New Castle County Police arrested a Newark man after he allegedly hit a referee who called a penalty on his son's soccer team at Delcastle Recreational Park on McKennan's Church Road.
New Castle County Police arrested a Newark man Sunday after he allegedly hit a referee who called a penalty on his son's soccer team at Delcastle Recreational Park on McKennan's Church Road.
Marcos Jimenez, 42, of Newark, was arrested after the incident, police said.
On Sunday at 2:52 p.m., County Police responded to the park in the 800 block of McKennan's Church Road after a report of an assault.
A physical altercation had occurred between a soccer player, a spectator later identified as Marcos Jimenez, and a referee. Jimenez is the father of another player on the team, not the player who was involved in the altercation.
The victim said he was assaulted by two Hispanic males because they felt he was being biased in his calls against their team.
Police learned that during the game Jimenez was making threatening comments to the victim. The player and Jimenez continued to argue with the victim both from the field and the sidelines.
When the referee penalized the team, the player began assaulting the victim, and Jimenez entered the field of play and also began to physically assault the victim. The victim was struck several times in the face during the attack.
As the victim was being assaulted, his teenage daughter attempted to intervene and help, but she was forcibly pushed away by Jimenez, police said.
When officers arrived, the player and Jimenez weren't at the park.
Officers were able to obtain an address for Jimenez, and he was taken into custody without incident.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are attempting to locate the player to question him.
Marcos Jimenez was charged with abuse of a sports official, assault in the third degree, harassment, conspiracy in the third degree, and offensive touching, police said. He was arraigned and released on $2,500 unsecured bail.