Bills Fan Who Fell Faces Assault, Reckless Endangerment Charges

November 20, 2013 Updated Nov 20, 2013 at 11:36 PM EDT

By John Borsa
By Mitch Simon

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November 20, 2013 Updated Nov 20, 2013 at 11:36 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) - Today, the Erie County Sheriff's Office announced that 28-year-old Robert Hopkins was arrested in connection to an incident at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Hopkins was seen sliding down a handrail in the 300 level when he fell into the 200 level, injuring a 29-year-old man.

Since the incident, Hopkins was fired from his job as Interactive Art Director at Eric Mower and Associates in Buffalo.

The Buffalo Bills have also barred Hopkins from the stadium for life.

Hopkins was charged with Assault and Reckless endangerment, both class A misdemeanors.

The victim hired attorney Charles Desmond to explore legal options.

Desmond said his client does not want his name released.

"He did not see it coming," said Desmond.

"Didn't know anything about it. Said it felt like a ton of bricks. And the first thing he remembered on the flat board with the paramedics carrying him out of the stadium."

Desmond said his client suffered short-term memory loss and cannot recall much about the incident.

"Well his primary complaint is cervical or neck. He was told he may have compression fractures or herniated disks," Desmond said.

"That's why he went to see neurosurgeons today at ECMC to further look into the reports and films and see what other additional tests or studies need to be done to figure out the treatment."

Desmond said his client's neck is wrapped in a brace to prevent the possibility of further trauma.

Hopkins will be arraigned December 3rd in Orchard Park Town Court.