The hammer has dropped on Kino Jimenez, the man accused of ripping a MAGA hat off a kid’s head, taunting him, tossing a drink on him and his friends, and then walking off with the hat saying he was going to burn it in his fireplace.
Detectives from the San Antonio Robbery Task Force arrested Jimenez in Universal City and he has now been charged with a felony – theft from the person, according to Bexar County records.
Heavy reveals that Jimenez had at least one prior arrest because he has a 2017 mugshot when he was heavier.
Jimenez allegedly took the hat from 16-year-old Hunter Richard at a Texas Whataburger.
Richard’s mother posted a video of the confrontation on Facebook. The video then went viral. People on social media tracked down who the suspect was and informed the police.
Rumble Bar in San Antonio, the place where Jimenez worked part-time, terminated his employment saying they didn’t agree with treating people that way, that it “goes against everything this establishment stands for.” They had to delete their Facebook page because they were inundated with comments.
This was part of the statement they made on Facebook before it was deleted.
“Rumble has, and always will be, a bar that is as inclusive as any establishment could possibly be. THIS BAR IS A SAFE SPACE FOR EVERYONE! No matter your race, creed, ethnicity, sexual identity, and political stance, you are welcomed here! We do not condone the actions or behavior that were displayed in the cell phone video, and we never will. If you have any questions or concerns please message us privately. We support and appreciate your business.”
Jimenez was also a member of the local Green Party and the kicked him out, saying they were non-violent and didn’t approve of picking on kids.
In an interview with Heavy, Gavino Zarate, secretary of the Harris County Green Party, who said he was speaking for the state party as a whole on the issue, condemned the incident.
“We all have different opinions of our president, but we don’t take it out on innocent kids who just happen to have a hat on,” Zarate told Heavy in an exclusive interview. “You may not like the hat or you may not like the president, but you don’t show that kind of aggression toward teenagers. It goes against everything the Green Party stands for. We are not violent. We do not take our aggression out on innocent young people.”
“We are handling it in-house,” Zarate said, saying he was banned and they had removed his name from their website. “I removed him. It’s very disturbing.”
Now that’s a stand-up statement unlike equivocal statements from Democrats about harassing and using violence. So kudos to the local Green Party for making a definitive statement. All could take a lesson from that and they had nothing to do with it.
Whataburger also condemned the incident and made clear it didn’t involve any of their employees.
According to My San Antonio, the teenager involved, Hunter Richard, has since said he would like to have a conversation with Jimenez and “come to some sort of agreement or neutral ground.” He previously said that he wished that Jimenez had been willing to talk rather than attack them and steal his hat.
“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,” the teen told the television station’s Galli.
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