[UPDATE] San Antonio Police Arrest Man Suspected of MAGA Hat Attack
See below for updates.
A teen was assaulted on film for wearing a MAGA hat in a San Antonio, Texas, Whataburger, and social media is ablaze with outrage at the behavior of the perpetrator, who many say should be arrested. In the video, you can see a man approach a table of teens and yank a MAGA hat off one of them and throw his soda in his face while yelling obscenities and racist epithets at him.
Sites like Heavy, 4chan, and others have claimed to know the identity of the perpetrator, but that has not yet been verified. San Antonio police say they will not confirm his identity until there's been an arrest. The identity of the person in the white shirt who appears to be filming the offender and leaves with him has not been identified yet.
Carlos Ortiz of the San Antonio Police media services told PJM that the suspect "was reported by many people to us. We cannot confirm that this is the suspect but we are following all leads."
The teen's guardian filed a report this morning regarding the assault and Ortiz says that officers are doing their jobs. "I can guarantee we are actively on it and hopefully by the end of the day we will have the suspect in custody," said Ortiz. "At a minimum, there will be charges filed for assault," he continued. Ortiz informed PJM that the report will never be made public because it involves a minor and, according to Texas law, those reports cannot be made available even after the victim's name has been published.
An arrest and prosecution in the case will be welcome news for Trump supporters who fear that showing their support for the president in public can lead to their injury. In recent days open hostility, including violence and denial of service to Trump supporters, has put the country on edge. Congresswoman Maxine Waters made headlines by appearing to condone protesters assaulting Trump supporters wherever they may be.
Waters said to a crowd, "No peace no sleep! If you see anybody from [President Trump's] cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them! And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere!"
It didn't take long for #Resistance supporters to apply those words to average Trump supporters, just as predicted. Not even minors are safe from the left's unending rage. Unfortunately for the man who attacked a teen, he committed a crime and now he will have to face the consequences.
PJM will update when more information becomes available.
Update 3:04 p.m. EST: A representative for Whataburger Corporate told PJM in an email, “We were shocked to see this video and certainly don’t condone this type of customer behavior in our restaurants. To be clear, no Whataburger employees were involved or witnessed the incident, and we ask that questions be directed to San Antonio PD as we continue supporting their efforts.”
This encouraging after the Red Hen restaurant publicly defended kicking out Trump supporters and denying them service based on political beliefs.
Update 10:33 p.m. EST: The San Antonio Police have tracked down and arrested the suspect:
This evening detectives assigned to the Robbery Task Force were able to locate the suspect in the “Whataburger” incident.
Kino Jimenez was located in Universal City, Texas. Universal City police officers took Mr Jimenez into custody without incident.
He was transported to the Robbery Unit to be interviewed by detectives assigned to the case. Mr Jimenez is being transported to the City Magistrate for booking.
Anyone interested in a booking photo is urged to contact the Bexar County Jail for a mugshot.