A 21-year-old Matthew Clemmens at Wednesday’s Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park shoved his fingers down his throat and vomited on the 11-year-old daughter of off-duty Easton Police Capt. Michael Vangelo, then slugged the father and off duty cop in the head several times. “It was the most vile, disgusting thing I’ve ever seen,” said Vangelo, “and I’ve been a cop for 20 years.”
The incident occurred after Vangelo and his daughters endured several innings’ worth of slurred curses, spilled beer and spit from Clemmens and another man. “It reminds you of the type of behavior you used to hear about at the 700 level in Veterans Stadium,” Vanore said. In an interview yesterday Vangelo said that the trouble started “the minute we sat down at the game.”
Clemmens and his cohort, who were seated a row behind Vangelo and his family, loudly cursed until his 15-year-old daughter asked them to stop. Things seemed to stop for a little while. “Then they started back up,” said Vangelo, 48. “One guy started spitting . . . first it landed on the back of my daughter’s chair. Then it landed on her hooded sweatshirt.”
Vangelo having enough of the abuse informed an usher and Clemmens friend “the spitter” was escorted from the stadium. Vangelo said that Clemmens then loudly stated that he was going to be sick. “He leaned over and put two fingers down his throat,” he said. Vangelo said he tried to hurry his kids away from their seats, but Clemmens “leaned forward and started vomiting on us.”
Other fans including another off-duty Easton cop intervened when Clemmens started landing haymakers on Vangelo, who was unbelievably restrained during the assault. “I kept thinking, ‘If I get arrested, my kids will be alone here,’ ” he noted.
Vanore said that “Clemmens ended up tussling with Philly police and then threw up on one officer. Clemmens, of Cherry Hill, was charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, harassment, resisting arrest and related offenses.”