A man has been arrested after he was accused of stealing a Trump supporter’s hat and throwing a drink in his face at a Whataburger in San Antonio earlier this week.
Police arrested Kino Jimenez, 30, in Universal City, Texas, ABC affiliate KSAT News reports.
Officials say Jimenez asked 16-year-old Hunter Richard why he was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, and the teen responded that he supported President Trump. A video of the encounter has circulated online:
Another Trump supporter attacked in a restaurant for wearing a MAGA hat. The perpetrator is a latino American by the name of Kino Jimenez. The incident took place in What-A-Burger, a restaurant located in San Antonio, TX. His employer Rumble terminated Kino on Facebook. #walkAway pic.twitter.com/66S3gRvqdD
— J H Collazo (@realJHCollazo) July 5, 2018
In the video, a man identified as Jimenez grabbed Richard’s hat and then threw a drink on his face. He then walked away with the hat, cursing at Richard.
Police said Jimenez would be charged with theft of a person, a state felony.
Jimenez was also fired from his part-time job. Rumble, a San Antonio bar and Jimenez’s former employer, released a statement condemning Jimenez's actions and affirming that "THIS BAR IS A SAFE SPACE FOR EVERYONE!"
Whataburger also released a statement after the incident. "We were shocked to see this video," it said, "and certainly don’t condone this type of customer behavior in our restaurants."
Richard told a local news outlet he thinks "a conversation about politics is more productive for the entire whole rather than taking my hat and yelling subjective words to me."
The incident caught the attention of one of Trump’s sons, Donald Trump, Jr. He tweeted that "No one should feel unsafe supporting their President."
This is disgusting and a disgrace. No one should feel unsafe supporting their President @realDonaldTrump or #MAGA agenda. Imagine someone did this to an Obama supporter?!?! pic.twitter.com/ViFw0kNqKF
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 5, 2018
Trump, Jr. also offered to get Richard a new hat signed by the president. Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale also reached out to one of Richard's friends on Twitter to offer them both new hats, according to local Fox affiliate KABB.
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