The young man faces charges of “disorderly persons offenses of assault and harassment.”
On Wednesday, reports came out that a young male attacked an 81-year-old man in a supermarket in New Jersey because he wore a MAGA hat.
Authorities have charged 19-year-old Ryan M. Salvagno with the attack.
The victim was leaving a ShopRite on Elizabeth Avenue in Franklin Township he was confronted by 19-year-old Ryan M. Salvagno about his hat, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.
The two had a brief exchange of words about the hat before the older man tried to leave around 3:25 p.m. Monday, authorities said.
“As the victim turned to walk away, defendant Salvagno was able to grab the victim’s hat and the two struggled for sole possession of the hat,” Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said.
“Salvagno then took the victim by the arm and threw him to the ground, tipping over the victim’s cart of groceries and ultimately throwing the hat to the side,” the prosecutor said in a statement.
Salvagno faces charges of “disorderly persons offenses of assault and harassment.” The authorities did not tell the media how they identified the young man.
Salvagno’s arraignment will occur on March 14.
February 27, 2019
Man arrested in assault of 81-year old man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat
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MAGA hat attacks have become more common recently. A few days before this attack, a woman in Massachusetts accosted a male in a restaurant for wearing a MAGA hat. The man taped the incident and the woman proudly holds the hat in her hands.
Police charged the woman, who is in the country illegally. Now ICE has her in custody.
A Vans employee lost his job when he shouted “F*ck you” to a 14-year-old kid wearing a MAGA hat.
We cannot forget the smears and hate towards the Covington Catholic High School teenager in January.
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