Police have arrested Kino Jimenez, the 30-year-old San Antonio man who is accused of assaulting a teenage Trump supporter at a Whataburger on the Fourth of July.
Police said they located Jimenez in Universal City, Texas and took him into custody “without incident.” They then transported him to the robbery unit to be interviewed by detectives assigned to the case. He was then taken to the City Magistrate for booking. Police said Jimenez was arrested under Warrant #1653732, for theft of person.
Hunter Richard, 16, says that he was eating at Whataburger on July 4th when Jimenez grabbed his MAGA hat, threw a drink in his face and used a racial slur before strutting out of the burger restaurant, still holding the red cap. The incident was caught on video, which went viral. You can watch it here, but be aware that it contains sensitive material.
Police told Heavy that an incident report had been filed on Wednesday evening at 6:27 PM, by the alleged victim and a guardian.
A spokeswoman for Whataburger sent Heavy a statement, saying: “We were shocked to see this video and certainly don’t condone this type of customer behavior in our restaurants. To be clear, no Whataburger employees were involved or witnessed the incident, and we ask that questions be directed to San Antonio PD as we continue supporting their efforts.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Jimenez Has Already Been Fired From His Job
Jimenez was a part-time employee at Rumble, a bar on North St. Mary’s in San Antonio. After the video of his assault on Richard went viral, Rumble announced that they were firing Jimenez. On their Facebook page, they wrote, “…We have since terminated this employee, as his actions go against everything that this establishment stands for. 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!”
Rumble said on Facebook that Jimenez worked as a “part-time door guy.” They added, “We do not condone these types of actions or behavior. If you have any questions or concerns please message us privately. We support and appreciate your business.”
The bar has since deleted its Facebook page.
2. Jimenez Was a Member of the Green Party of Texas — But The Party Has Now Banned Him
Kino Ahuitzotl Jimenez was a member of the Green Party of Texas, according to the party’s website. But in an exclusive interview with Heavy on Thursday, Gavino Zarate, secretary of the Harris County Green Party, announced that Jimenez has been banned from the party.
“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,” Gavino Zarate, secretary of the Harris County Green Party told Heavy. “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.”
3. Jimenez, Who Posted a Video of a Trump Pinata Being Destroyed in 2016, Has Deleted His Social Media Profiles
Kino Jimenez has deleted his Facebook profile and Instagram page, though a cached version of the Instagram profile still remains online, showing him working at the bar he was fired from. His Instagram profile also showed photos of him in the gym and he wrote about losing weight over the past year. “I’m 30 years old… and I’m about to get in the best shape of my life.. and be the best version of myself from here on out,” he wrote. The page also features photos with his mother and daughter.
Screenshots of Jimenez’s now-deleted Facebook profile are also circulating on social media. He wrote on his page that he worked at the San Antonio bar. He wrote in his profile’s “About” section, “thug life.” On Instagram, he wrote about himself, “Jedi-Knight Musician Spaceman.”
His YouTube page is still online. The page shows a video of his mother shooting a gun along with videos of his music and a video criticizing Trump’s performance during a press conference after a GOP debate in 2016. “This is classic Trump talking nonsense making no senese [sic] of any kind. ‘Yea hillary shes a politcal [sic] person’ he is no President!” he wrote.
In 2016, he posted a video of a Trump pinata being destroyed:
Jimenez recorded the video in June 2016 at an anti-Trump rally in San Antonio. He wrote in the caption, #F*ckTrump.
4. Conservatives Online Are Blaming Maxine Waters For the Alleged Assault on Hunter Richard
Right-wing twitter users are casting blame at Representative Maxine Waters for the attack yesterday. Maxine Waters is the outspoken representative of California’s 43rd congressional district. She frequently calls for President Trump to be impeached. She has told her supporters to go after Trump staffers wherever they find them.
“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Maxine Waters has not told her supporters to go after teenagers, or anyone not working directly for Trump’s administration. But some people on Twitter were blaming her for creating the kind of environment that encouraged the alleged assault at WhataBurger.
5. Throwing Liquid At Someone Can Be Considered Assault
Jimenez allegedly threw a drink at Hunter Richard in Whataburger.
According to Texas law, throwing liquid in someone’s face can definitely be considered assault. The site AssaultandBattery.org says, “If you spit at someone or get hit them with any kind of fluid, that will be an assault charge also. Even if you miss, and there was no harm done! Or if you lose your temper, and throw something, you can be arrested for assault. Threats can also count as assault. If the other person claims you threatened violence, you can be arrested and charged.”
In 2013, a man said he had been charged with battery for throwing water in the face of a belligerent man in a bar.
So far, no charges have been filed against Kino Jimenez, but police have said there is an open investigation and a complaint was filed.