Jovan Crawford and Scott Duncan Roberson

Montgomery County Police Department

Two men charged with beating immigrant wearing 'MAGA' hat

The victim said he was entitled to his own views and tried walking away.

April 16, 2019 - 6:44 pm

GERMANTOWN, Md. (KFTK) — Two men are being charged for allegedly beating a man who was walking through his neighborhood Saturday afternoon while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

Two men approached Atsu Nable, an immigrant from West Africa, and began harassing him about his hat. “The victim told the suspects that he was entitled to his own views and kept walking away from the suspects,” police said.

“I was like, ‘Why are you doing this?’ They said, ‘No, the hat,’ and they started punching me on my head,” Nable told Fox 5 DC.

The suspects continued to strike Nable until he fell to the ground and then removed property from his person.

Jovan Crawford, 27, and Scott Duncan Roberson, 25, were arrested shortly after fleeing the scene, and are facing multiple charges including robbery and second-degree assault.

Nable, who legally immigrated from Togo in 2007, is now a U.S. citizen. He told Fox that “he has supported the Republican Party and President Donald Trump from the beginning, attending campaign events and even volunteering during Trump’s inauguration.”

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