WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Luke Lenzner from Oregon alleged that the two people who attacked him while on a date with his wife on Saturday were angered when they caught sight of his MAGA hat.
- Lenzner, who related his story to KPTV, said a mob of people blocked and surrounded him and his wife as they were trying to enter the bar.
- However, when his assailants were arrested, their version of the incident was a bit different, with the attackers saying that Lenzner started the fight.
An Oregon man claimed that the people who bushwhacked him on Saturday were provoked by his “Make America Great Again” or MAGA hat.
KPTV reports that when Luke Lenzner was on a date with his wife at Growler’s Taproom in Portland, Ore., he said a crowd of people just started coming from inside and cornering them on the bar’s patio.
Lenzner told KPTV that tensions between him and the group, which included Leopold A. Hauser, 22 and Adebisi A. Okuneye, 23, escalated causing the two to get violent with him because of his MAGA hat.
Relating the incident, 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.”
Despite Lenzner’s account, surveillance footage obtained by police showed a slightly different story. As confirmed by the video, Lenzner and his wife were indeed trying to get inside from the patio. But contrary to Lenzner’s claims, the bar didn’t look crowded; in fact, it was already preparing to close for the night.
By the time police arrived, Okuneye and Hauser had already left, but Lenzner managed to take a photo of their license plate. They were apprehended some blocks away and were arrested.
According to an affidavit obtained by Yahoo Lifestyle, when the arrested pair told their side of the story to authorities, Hauser said that after Lenzner came out of the bar, he said to them, “B****, do you like my hat?”
According to several witnesses including a bar employee, they said they believed that the tussle was initiated by Lenzner who was shown in the video pointing to his hat while passing by Okuneye and Hauser.
The affidavit also includes that aside from the couple bar-hopping throughout the night, Lenzner’s wife was the one who suggested that he wears the MAGA hat to test how people would treat him.
Police reported that while Lenzner sustained face injuries, Okuneye and Hauser have been charged with third-degree assault.