Man says he was ‘sucker punched’ for wearing a MAGA hat on a date with his wife
An Oregon man who was allegedly “sucker punched” at a bar Saturday said his attackers were motivated by his “Make America Great Again” hat.
Luke Lenzner was on a date with his wife at Growler’s Taproom in Portland, Ore., when he said he was “mobbed” by a crowd of people on the bar’s patio, according to KPTV. Two people were arrested after the attack.
“People came from the inside out – just circled me and my wife,” Lenzner told KPTV.
Lenzner said things quickly escalated between him and the group — including Leopold A. Hauser, 22 and Adebisi A. Okuneye, 23, who were arrested for assault following the incident. Lenzner said the two were among those who got violent with him because of his red hat.
“[The crowd was] like literally surrounding me — pushing me,” Lenzner told KPTV. “I’m just trying to get through, trying to stop the person from hitting me — from taking my hat — and then I get sucker punched.”
Surveillance footage from the incident shows a slightly different scene though. Video obtained by police confirms that Lenzner and his wife were trying to make their way inside from the patio, but it appears as though the bar was not very crowded. In fact, bar staff said they were already closing for the night, according to KPTV.
Okuneye and Hauser had left the scene by the time police arrived, but Lenzner had taken a picture of their license plate. Authorities found them a few blocks away and arrested them.
After their arrest, the pair told police their side of the story. Hauser said Lenzner came out of the bar “mean mugging,” and said, “B****, do you like my hat?” according to an affidavit obtained by Yahoo Lifestyle.
Multiple witnesses — including an employee at the bar — said they believed Lenzner started the fight and the surveillance video shows him pointing at his hat when as he walks by Okuneye and Hauser.
The affidavit also states that Lenzner’s wife suggested he wear the MAGA hat during their night out to “see how people treat him.” The couple reportedly visited multiple bars throughout the night.
Police said that Lenzner received injuries to his face and that Okuneye and Hauser have both been charged with third-degree assault.
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