Man accused of punching Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer pleads not guilty

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A man accused of unexpectedly punching Mayor Greg Fischer on Saturday at Fourth Street Live has been charged after being arrested by Louisville Metro Police.

Antwon M. Brown, 30, was taken into custody Tuesday, according to a release from the department. He was charged with one count of fourth-degree assault.

Brown's bond was lowered from $25,000 to $5,000 cash during a Wednesday morning arraignment at Jefferson County District Court, where he pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was also ordered to have no contact with Fischer or visit Fourth Street Live.

Fischer said he was not injured and has since resumed working. He spoke about the incident at length Tuesday, saying he " channeled my inner Muhammad Ali" in the moments following the punch, which was delivered with momentum and sent him reeling.

Fischer, who had no visible injuries as he spoke Tuesday, was struck on the right side of his neck, according to Brown's arrest citation, which noted the attack was "totally unprovoked.

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LMPD had been searching for the man who struck the mayor, posting photos from video footage of the incident on social media Saturday night.

According to police records, LMPD officials were able to obtain Brown's name during the investigation, and he was seen on video entering his apartment complex later that evening wearing the same clothing.

A representative from Fischer's office declined comment Tuesday evening.

Brown does not appear to have any felony convictions but had previously been charged with fourth-degree assault two times, Kentucky court records show, in separate incidents that occurred in 2017 and 2019. In both instances those charges were amended down.

Brown's next court appearance is scheduled for June 30, according to court records.

Reporter Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez contributed. Reach Lucas Aulbach at laulbach@courier-journal.com.

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