A man accused of stealing a teenager’s “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hat at a San Antonio Whataburger has been indicted by a grand jury
30-year-old Kino Jimenez has been charged with Theft of Person, a state jail felony, for the incident that went viral nationwide and gained responses from the Trump administration
Police arrested Jimenez at his home in Universal City on July 6 without incident, reports KENS5. Jimenez was also fired from his job.
According to an arrest warrant, the victim and two witnesses were dining at the Whataburger restaurant in the 12300 block of Nacogdoches Road around 2 a.m. on the Fourth of July when a man approached their table.
The victim told police he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and the suspect approached their table asked him why he was wearing it.
According to the paperwork, the victim told the suspect that he “was supporting the president.”
The suspect became upset with his response and ripped the hat off of his head, according to the arrest warrant.
The victim told police this is when he removed his cell phone from his pocket and began recording the incident. At that point, the suspect grabbed a cup containing ‘a liquid beverage with ice’ and tossed it in the victim’s face. The suspect then left the restaurant with the victim’s hat in hand.
The victim’s mother later posted the cellphone video of the incident the victim was able to capture. Numerous individuals were able to identify Jimenez from the post. A family member later also called the police and reported Jimenez, according to the arrest paperwork.
Interviews with the victim and two witnesses, surveillance footage from the restaurant, and the viral Facebook video posted by the victim’s mother after the attack were all reviewed prior to SAPD arresting Jimenez, according to the affidavit.
Jimenez’s trial is scheduled to begin October 19.
Do you remember when a California college Communist stole another student’s MAGA hat?
Well, don’t feel bad if you don’t. Butthurt Democrats are causing mayhem all over the country and it’s hard to keep track of everything going on.
A college student in California who says he was assaulted by a classmate for wearing a ‘MAGA’ hat on campus said he plans to file criminal charges against his attacker.
Matthew Vitale, a member of the University of California, Riverside Republicans, said he was “stunned” when classmate Edith Macias snatched his “Make America Great Again” hat from his head during a campus meeting.
Vitale alerted authorities after the incident but declined to press charges because campus police told him it would only be a misdemeanor.
But then Macias posted a bizarre, profanity-laced “SnatchAHat” video online, which eventually went viral, that showed her physically removing the hat from his head – and then verbally attacking him for promoting “genocide.” By showing that she took it off his person, the crime rose to the level of felony, Vitale said campus police told him.
Now, the thief is in big trouble.
She’s looking at potentially one year in jail.
Sources report that Edith Macias was charged with a misdemeanor offense of petty theft for allegedly stealing Matthew Vitale’s hat in the Sept. 27 incident. If convicted, Macias could face up to a year in jail.
Vitale, a member of the campus College Republicans chapter, told Fox News that he did not press charges against Macias out of spite, but rather to assert his rights as a student.
“I’m not doing this to be punitive or see her rot in jail,” he said. “I want people my age to realize that things like this aren’t tolerated in America. We just want to have our rights guaranteed and that’s what it’s all about.”
Mr. Vitale told The College Fix that his decision to legally pursue the matter is based on principle.
“I do want to send a message,” he said. “I am not vindictive, I am not vengeful, but people especially in my generation need to realize you can’t do things like this because you don’t like what someone is saying or wearing.”
The student said he is still trying to determine if the school took any administrative action against Ms. Macias.
“If, as I suspect, UCR decided not to discipline her in some way this decision by the DA’s office shows two things: First, that UCR does not protect and shows no respect for speech that does not conform to their ideology,” he said. “Second, that in this case, UCR chose not to discipline a person who committed a crime on campus against another student.”
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 30th, 2018