Man accused of grabbing ‘MAGA’ cap, throwing drink in teen’s face indicted
A Bexar County grand jury has indicted a 30-year-old San Antonio man who was arrested in July after he was captured on video grabbing a “Make America Great Again” cap from a teenager who was dining at a San Antonio Whataburger.
Bexar County court records show Kino Jimenez was indicted Wednesday on a charge of theft of person, which is a state jail felony. He was located in Universal City in July by San Antonio police robbery task force detectives who took him into custody on an arrest warrant.
The story made national news after a video went viral on the Internet. In it, 16-year-old Hunter Richard is shown eating with friends around 2 a.m. at a North Side Whataburger at Nacogdoches and Thousand Oaks. The video begins halfway through an altercation that captured a man suspected of being Jimenez throwing a drink in Richard’s face and walking out of the restaurant with a red “Make America Great Again” cap in his hand that Richard later said belonged to him.
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Video of the encounter went viral on social media and racked up millions of views and thousands of comments.
According to reports, Richard, who is from Orlando and was in San Antonio visiting friends, said the man approached the teen’s table, tore off Richard’s cap and asked why he was wearing it. When Richard responded that he supported President Donald Trump — the cap contains his campaign slogan — Richard said the man threw a drink in his face and walked away with the cap.
“You ain’t supportin’ s--t, n----,” the man said while leaving.
Jimenez, who is out on bond, has a trial date of Oct. 19 in the 187th state District Court, presided by Judge Joey Contreras. Court records indicate he is being represented by defense attorney Ronald B. Cosgrove. The prosecutor on the case is Jason Goss.
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Jimenez has a criminal record that includes misdemeanor offenses for marijuana possession and driving while intoxicated, according to court records. Shortly after his arrest, Rumble, a local bar, issued a statement that Jimenez was a part-time employee there and had been fired.
Theft of person is a state jail felony punishable by a minimum of six months or maximum of two years in state jail. Jimenez, who has no felony convictions, would be eligible for probation or deferred adjudication if found guilty.
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