Man accused of attacking teen wearing MAGA hat arrested
The brother of a man accused of assaulting a teen wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat at a Whataburger Tuesday night says the address online users are posting and claiming to be his is false.
"The person in that video is just a bully who's been a bully to me, to my brothers, to everyone I've known," said the suspects' brother.
Police later arrested Kino Jimenez, 30, and charged him with theft of a person. He is being questioned by detectives.
In the video, you can see Jimenez throw a drink in 16-year-old Hunter Richard's face before leaving the restaurant with his hat. Hunter said some of his hair was pulled during the assault.
"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," Richard said.
Hunter was with his friends at the Whataburger off Nacogdoches and Thousand Oaks Tuesday night when it happened. They say the attack was unprovoked.
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A man claiming to be his younger brother says the man in the video hasn't lived at that address for years. He spoke with us on the grounds of anonymity for safety reasons.
"We've got strangers coming to our door asking for him. We feel like we're in danger," a woman at the home said.
"My brother doesn't live here anymore," the younger brother said.
The man said he doesn't condone what Jimenez did in the video.
"I just can't justify those actions especially towards minors," he said. "Regardless if it was provoked or not, if someone comes at you with provocation, you're not supposed to rise up to it because you just prove them right."
We tried reaching out to Jimenez in the video, but his brother said he has no way to contact him.
This is not the first time an individual Trump paraphernalia has been at the center of controversy. In 2017, a school apologized after a teacher banned students from wearing 'Make America Great Again’ shirts. This past May, Cheesecake Factory employees in Utah allegedly harassed a black man for wearing a MAGA hat according to witnesses.