TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A mother and daughter were sitting directly in front of a man arrested during an outburst over wearing a mask spoke only to Arizona’s Family about what they call a scary experience.
“It’s my daughter's 11th birthday. She woke up Thursday morning my husband and I surprised her and bought her a dress and shoes and we had this whole thing planned out she opened the card. "Tears of joy she loves Hamilton,” said Stacey Pacheco.
It happened during Saturday night’s performance of Hamilton at the ASU Gammage Theater. Pacheco and her daughter Penelope, were sitting directly in front of this man.
Attendees began to cheer loudly as he was escorted out of the theater.
“Within arm’s reach,” said Pacheco. They say his outbursts started at the beginning of the performance and continued for 30 minutes. Until he was kicked out. Pacheco and her daughter, Penelope, it was a very chaotic moment.
“He hopped over the first row and set directly behind us and was screaming, he was a fairly large person, two security guards tried to kick him out multiple times, he was not budging at all, he was getting more and more irritated. I looked at the guy next to me and I said, 'I am not here with my husband' and he said I will protect you and your daughter."
For Pacheco and her daughter, they say their night was ruined, even though all of this happened before intermission. Pacheco said that she couldn’t help but focus on the incident throughout the show and all of the 'what if‘s'.
“I was really scared and it was confusing too, I looked back and I didn’t look at him and I looked to the side of me and I see all of these people out of their seats and they were standing by the rails,” said Penelope.
“I am just trying to get a good peripheral vision of this guy if they tackled him it would be in my and Penelope’s lap like that’s how close he was,” said Pacheco.
The man, later identified as 32-year-old Connor Loretz, was arrested for assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct.