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Affidavit: Man assaulted Pecan St. Festival-goer for 'touching kids'

Patrick Maloy is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. (Photo courtesy: Austin Police Department)

A man is facing a felony charge for allegedly attacking another man at Downtown Austin's Pecan Street Festival because he was 'touching kids.'

Patrick Maloy, 34, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.

On Sunday, at around 4:20 p.m., officers responded to a fight near the intersection of East 6th and Trinity streets and detained Maloy, his girlfriend, and the victim.

Maloy said his girlfriend told him that the man was going around the festival and touching kids. Maloy told officers he decided to approach the man, but he became aggressive. That's when Maloy threw the other man to the ground. He told officers he found a knife on the ground after he slammed the other man to the concrete, the affidavit said.

However, witnesses at the scene said Maloy was the aggressor, and had actually pulled a knife on the man as he tried to get away. The witnesses had also recorded the incident with a cellphone and shared the footage with police, court records said.

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