On April 20, a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat allegedly punched and pushed a Hispanic man onto the train tracks of a New York City subway.
Willie Ames, 47, escaped the crime scene and avoided police for almost a week, before being arrested on Thursday.
"You come here and you take our jobs. You bring drugs." Ames told Luis Lopez, 24, on an uptown train. Then, the two got into a verbal altercation, and Ames grabbed Lopez.
Ames pulled him off the train, and punched him in the face before pushing him down onto the train tracks. Lopez had a friend who witnessed the whole ordeal, and helped him get back up on the platform – saving him from some serious injuries, and even death.
He was taken to the hospital and treated for head trauma following the incident.
"Thank God there wasn’t a train coming — it would have been a sure death. I would have died if it wasn’t for him." Lopez said of his friend, who saved his life that evening.
Some think that his actions don't have an association with the controversial hat he was wearing...
But, others think that it has everything to do with the hat and what it symbolizes:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best...They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." President Donald Trump said during a speech.
He has famously slandered Mexicans – and of course, promised to build a wall on the border to keep them out.
Wearing a Maga hat and wearing a sign that says 'I'm unstable and probably violent' are pretty much equivalent in my book.— Soylent "Above The Maw" Knight (@KeKeReTheRebel) April 27, 2018
Almost as bad as seeing a bald white guy wearing a green and orange bomber jacket and dock martins with parallel red laces.
Trump supporters doing idiotic things. What else is new?— Tyren Watson (@TyrenWatson) April 27, 2018
Twitter was applauding his arrest:
He was charged with three counts of assault as a hate crime, and one count of aggravated harassment.
Once he pushed Lopez, Ames got on another train, fleeing the scene en route to Brooklyn. He was arrested on Thursday, April 26 – almost a full week after the altercation, on Staten Island.
He is due back in court on Wednesday, May 2.