Florida Man Punched By Mike Tyson Mid-flight Is Revealed To Be A Thief And A Fraudster

The identity of the Florida man who was punched and beaten by a boxing champion in the middle of a fight has been revealed, and it turns out he is a conman and thief with a long criminal history. For a variety of crimes, Townsend has served 20- and 15-month prison sentences.

In 2018, he trespassed and stole a trailer, which he hitched to his pickup. He was also sentenced to 15 months in prison for using a forged personal identification card. He was also charged with breaking and entering, drug possession, and tracking stolen property.

Miky Tyson was involved in a controversy last week after punching a man on a JetBlue plane at San Francisco International Airport. The man who allegedly harassed the boxing champion and received a punch in return has now been identified.

According to a records search, Melvin George Townsend III, 36, of Punta Gorda, Florida, has a long criminal history and has served 20- and 15-month prison sentences for a variety of offences, including possession of Oxycodone, burglary, grand theft, fraud, and trafficking stolen property.

He stole a trailer by trespassing and hitching it to his pickup in a 2018 incident, according to TMZ, which was the first media outlet to identify him.

In July 2020, Townsend was released from a Florida jail after serving 15 months of a 25-month sentence.

In 2009 and 2010, the fraudster served time for trafficking stolen property.

Townsend does have a lawyer, but he has yet to file a lawsuit against Tyson, who is 55 years old.

‘To state the obvious, Mr. Tyson, as one of the greatest fighters of all time, should have exercised greater restraint before slapping an overly ecstatic fan,’ Matt Morgan, Townsend’s lawyer,  told TMZ.

According to Morgan, Townsend is’still in shock,’ and a lawsuit is a possibility.

‘[Townsend] has yet to decide what his next course of action will be. Due to his physical injuries, the overwhelming nature of this event, and the ensuing media inquiries, he hired counsel.’

Townsend was assaulted by Tyson before the flight took off from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale, leaving the Florida man with a bloody forehead in the viral video.

A representative for Tyson, on the other hand, claims that he only reacted to Townsend because of his unruly behaviour, which included harassing him and throwing a water bottle at him.

‘Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a water bottle at him while he was in his seat,’ a representative for Tyson told DailyMail.com in an email.

Meanwhile, Townsend, through his attorney, is denying throwing a water bottle.

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