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Man Arrested After Being Caught on Video Assaulting Teenager With ‘MAGA’ Hat
A man captured on cellphone video assaulting a teenager at a fast food restaurant has been arrested, police officers in Texas announced. The man was seen in the footage holding a “Make America Great Again,” or “MAGA,” hat that he had yanked off the head of a male teen at the chain in San Antonio. Shortly after the footage started, the man threw a drink at the teen, spilling the liquid all over him. The man then stalks toward the exit, holding the hat and cursing repeatedly at the teenager, at one point using a racial epithet. The man went on his rant after asking the teen why he was wearing it, to which the teen responded that he supported President Donald Trump. The mother of one of the boys who took the video posted the footage online, saying in a Facebook post that the man deserved to be punished for assaulting her son’s friend. She asked people to help identify the assailant. “His friend was wearing a patriotic hat, and this happened! It would be nice to know who he is for someone to let him know his actions are not okay! Real tough guy… approaches a group of teenagers minding their own business just having a burger! He kept his hat, too,” she wrote in the original post. A friend of the teen who was with him said on Twitter that his friend typically doesn’t wear the hat but decided to because of the holiday. “He is genuinely a supporter but he only wore it because it’s now July 4th,” the friend said. The assailant was identified as Kino Jimenez, 30, and arrested later on Thursday, the San Antonio Police Department announced, reported the San Antonio Express-News. Officers traveled to Jimenez’s home and arrested him there without incident. According to the teen’s friend, the group declined to press charges; the police said that Jimenez had been charged with theft. The assault happened at a Whataburger location, prompting the chain to release a statement. “We were shocked to see this video and certainly don’t condone this type of customer behavior in our restaurants,” the company stated, reported KIII-TV. “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.” Rumble, a bar near the Whataburger, announced that Jimenez was a part-time employee but that he was fired after the footage emerged.