The man caught on cell phone video attacking a kid wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat has been identified – and he is now paying dearly for his actions.
The incident happened Tuesday night at a Whataburger restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. Several teens were eating there when a man came up and attacked one of them, identified as Hunter Richard, because he was wearing the MAGA hat. The teens say the attack was unprovoked and they were minding their own business.
The man reportedly grabbed the MAGA hat off of the teen’s head, taking some of his hair with it. He also used a racial epithet as he walked away, saying he was going to burn the hat in a fireplace.
One of the teens managed to capture part of the confrontation on cell phone, and it was later posted to Facebook. The video quickly went viral after local media showed it, hoping to identify the man who attacked the teen.
The man has now been identified as Kino Jimenez, a local bartender. After the bar he works at learned of his actions, they posted on Facebook that he had been fired.
Soon after, San Antonio police announced they have a man in custody in connection with the attack, but they would not identify him. Reports say the man in custody is Jimenez.
“I support my President and if you don’t let’s have a conversation about it instead of ripping my hat off. I just think a conversation about politics is more productive for the entire whole rather than taking my hat and yelling subjective words to me,” he said.
“I didn’t think it was going to generate the amount like what people are doing, I was looking at the comments by some people and “they are like this is uncalled for” and other people are like mixed opinions but I didn’t think it would blow up to what it is now,” he said.
Police said a suspect is in custody, but the victim, Hunter, will need to meet with police to positively identify the person.
Here is the cell phone video of the incident.
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