WNYer attacked at Trump Inauguration in DC

Michael Caputo says a man tried to "knock me out"
Posted at 7:18 PM, Jan 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-20 19:20:11-05

A former advisor to President Donald Trump was attacked while leaving the Inaugural Ceremony in DC.

Michael Caputo says he and his wife were walking to a reception held by Florida Gov. Rick Scott when a man began walking toward them.

"He took a couple of quick steps and then laid his shoulder right into my jaw," Caputo told 7 Eyewitness News.

Caputo, a Western New Yorker and long-time supporter of Trump, says the force of the hit forced his tooth to break.

"He was clearly trying to knock me out.  He ran off after that.  It ended pretty quickly," Caputo said.


Caputo added that he was not wearing any buttons or paraphernalia to indicate his political leanings.  He believes people were in the crowd trying to instigate violence, regardless of who their victims were.

Caputo says he will be fine, but worries that violence will continue throughout the night.

Earlier in the afternoon, dozens of people were arrested and dozens more were injured in riots near the Inaugural parade route.  Police dressed in riot gear had to fend off the violent protesters.  Police were also seen using chemical spray to tame the crowd.