Authorities in Berlin, Connecticut are investigating after a TikTok video shows a woman verbally accosting a U.S Navy sailor before she slaps him.
The incident occurred at Central Pizza on September 11th.
According to the report, the victim Sean Nolte Jr., who was in uniform went to the restaurant to order pizza.
He encountered the woman as she was leaving the restaurant and gave her a polite smile:
“As she leaves, she looks at me and says, ‘Nice smile,’ very sarcastically,” Nolte said. “I reply, “Thank you, have a nice day, ma’am.’”
Several minutes later the woman returned to the restaurant and began accusing Nolte of being a fraud and of being in costume for attention. Nolte then showed the woman his military, however, the woman continued to verbally abuse him.
Despite the verbal abuse, Nolte says he remained polite and even thanked her husband for his service, that’s when she slapped him.
Bystander captured the assault on video and then posted it on TikTok.
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Police in Berlin have since identified the woman through tips and are in the process of an investigation. As of Wednesday, she has not been charged.
Those who know Nolte confirmed he is in the Navy:
“Sean’s a really good guy. He joined us right out of high school and we’re lucky to have him,” Chief Nick Wachter of Rescue Fire Company 37, a volunteer fire and EMS department in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, told the Hartford Courant. “He enlisted in the Navy so he’s not local anymore, but he’s still a member.”
This is a developing story.