A California man is facing four years in prison after pleading no contest Wednesday to beating a supporter of President Donald Trump in a restroom earlier this year.
David Delgado, 32, pleaded to the felony of assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury and is scheduled to be sentenced May 28, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.
Both Delgado and the victim were in a restroom at the Tower 12 restaurant in the Los Angeles suburb of Hermosa Beach on Sept. 2 when Delgado asked about the meaning of the words in Cyrillic letters on the man’s red hat.
The victim replied by saying the phrase translated to “Make America Great Again” – Trump’s signature 2016 presidential campaign slogan.
Delgado “became angry and assaulted the man resulting in serious injuries,” the prosecutor’s office said in a release.
Police said the suspect repeatedly punched the victim in the face and, after he fell to the ground, Delgado continued to punch him before eventually stealing his hat and fleeing from the restaurant.
Authorities said they used surveillance footage to identify Delgado and arrest him at his home in Winnetka, California, without incident Oct. 1.
He was charged with suspicion of robbery and battery with serious injury, but was released after posting $100,000 bail.