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MAGA hate crime: 81 y.o. man assaulted for wearing MAGA hat

More hate crimes against Americans wearing MAGA hats.

On February 25, 2019, at around 3:24 p.m., police responded to a call of a dispute at the ShopRite on Elizabeth Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey.

Arriving officers found an 81-year-old man suffering from minor injuries.

The victim told officers that as he was exiting the store after purchasing his groceries, a man confronted him regarding his red MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat, according to the prosecutor’s office.

A brief verbal confrontation ensued. As the victim turned to walk away, the attacker grabbed the victim’s hat and the two struggled for possession of the hat. The attacker then took the victim by the arm and threw him to the ground, tipping over the victim’s cart of groceries and  throwing his hat to the side.

Happily, police arrested the attacker, Ryan M. Salvagno, 19, the same day.

Salvagno is charged with assault, a disorderly persons offense, and harassment, a petty disorderly persons offense. He is scheduled for arraignment on March 14 in Franklin Township Municipal Court.

Sources:  Bridgewater Courier News; Canyon News

In some states, assault on an elderly victim is categorized as aggravated assault that carries more serious penalties, but apparently not in New Jersey.

H/t Big Lug

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