Former Marine gets into altercation while protesting outside of - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Former Marine gets into altercation while protesting outside of Parris Island

Posted: Updated:
PARRIS ISLAND (WTOC) -

What started out as a peaceful protest near Parris Island on Thursday afternoon turned into assault and battery against one of the protesters.

Port Royal Police confirmed the charges but would not disclose any other details.

Former Parris Island drill instructor Ethan Arguello, who organized the protest, claims a Parris Island Marine approached him along part of Ribaut Road about his hat.

"He pulls up and he walks up to me and says, ‘Are you Ethan Arguello?' I said ‘yes', and he said ‘I spoke to you on the phone yesterday' and I said ‘yes'. He said ‘I know I told you not to wear that campaign cover,'" said Arguello.

Arguello said he wore the hat to represent active duty Marines who can't protest.

The two apparently exchanged heated words in front of Port Royal Police officers who tried to defuse the situation.

"As I gave ground, he took ground," said Arguello. "I'm slowly backing up as he's coming after me, close and closer. We were both 12 inches from face to face at this point."

The argument soon caught the attention of other protesters who heard them screaming at each other.

"And then, all of a sudden, the drill sergeant, he just head butted Ethan's hat right off his head," said protester Monique Puffinberger. "He grabbed it, got in his Jeep and drove off."

Police recovered the hat and Arguello filed charges after the protest.

 At this time, police would not release any other details, including the name of the military officer.

Parris Island declined to comment at this time because the incident happened off base.

Arguello and the other protesters plan to return to Parris Island to protest again, despite what happened.

Copyright 2014 WTOC. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:20:32 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
  • Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:36:40 GMT
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
  • Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:10:51 GMT
    The start of the Cockrell's family home The start of the Cockrell's family home
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
KTRE logo

KTRE

358 TV Road,
Pollok TX 75969

FCC Public File
publicfile@ktre.com
936-853-8639
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTRE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.