FALMOUTH, Mass. – A woman on Cape Cod is facing charges for assaulting a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
Rosiane Santos, 41, of Falmouth was charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery.
Santos told police she was upset the man was wearing the hat in a Mexican restaurant.
The man wearing the hat, 23-year-old Bryton Turner of Mashpee, was so annoyed with the woman’s antics that he pulled out his phone and started recording her.
The incident occurred last Friday at the “Casa Vallarta” Mexican restaurant in Falmouth.
Turner says he was minding his own business, when Santos started yelling at him because of his hat, which bears the theme that President Donald Trump campaigned on.
The woman is seen walking behind him and hitting his hat off his head.
When asked if Turner did anything to provoke Santos, bartender Geo Macarao said, “No, no he just walked in and ordered his food.”
When police showed up to the restaurant, the woman told them the man shouldn’t be allowed to eat in a Mexican restaurant. President Donald Trump is aiming to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
As Falmouth police officers were escorting Santos out of the restaurant, Macarao said she took another swipe at Turner.
“I couldn’t imagine somebody just coming up and hitting them when there’s cops right here,” Macarao said.
“She just tried to grab my hat in front of four officers, not smart,” Turner said.
Santos, a Brazilian immigrant, said while she regrets her actions, she claims she was provoked.
“I had a little bit to drink maybe that’s the reason that I couldn’t walk away but being discriminated for so many times in my life, I just had to stand up for myself,” she said. “He’s not a victim. I am the victim. I have been bullied, OK?”