Charges upgraded in fight after Jets game

December 14, 2011 8:30:00 AM PST
State police have upgraded charges against a New Jersey man accused of beating a fan in the parking lot after the Jets beat the Chiefs at MetLife Stadium Sunday.

Thirty-five-year-old Merle Lee of Newton is free on bond, charged with aggravated assault.

State Police Sgt. Brian Polite says Lee was initially charged with simple assault. However, charges were upgraded after 23-year-old James Mohr's condition worsened.

Polite says the Queens resident got into a brief scuffle with some guys and the skirmish broke up on its own. Polite says Lee then "came out of the blue and punched Mohr in the face."

Polite says the incident "was not a Jets-Chiefs melee." He says witnesses told troopers there was no indication they were Kansas City fans.

Mohr is out of intensive care.

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