GERMANTOWN, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - Two men are facing charges in Montgomery County for allegedly attacking a man because he was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat in Germantown over the weekend.
On Saturday afternoon, police say a Germantown man was out enjoying the warm weather and walking through his neighborhood when he says two men walked up and became outraged by the hat that he was wearing. He says he was shocked when one of the men allegedly hit him from behind.
"I was like, 'Why are you doing this?' They said, 'No, the hat,' and they started punching me on my head." Atsu Mable told FOX 5 Monday.
Mable says the two men began harassing him as soon as they spotted his MAGA hat -- shouting that he take it off.
He told them he is entitled to his political views and tried to walk away but says they became violent and repeatedly hit him until he fell to the ground.
Mable says he came to the United States legally from Togo in West Africa in 2007 and is now a U.S. citizen. He says he has supported the Republican Party and President Donald Trump from the beginning, attending campaign events and even volunteering during Trump's inauguration.
Witnesses called 911 and Montgomery County police say officers canvassing the area found the two suspects at a nearby basketball court attempting to hide among the children playing.
Jovan Crawford, 27, and Roberson, 25, are facing multiple charges each including robbery and second-degree assault.