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Florida man who spat on elderly Trump supporter wearing MAGA hat is sentenced to 90 days in jail


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Florida man, 43, is sentenced to 90 days in jail for spitting on elderly Trump supporter wearing a MAGA hat

  • Matthias Ajple, 43, pleaded no contest to a battery charge on Thursday
  • He was sentenced to 90 days in jail plus one year of supervised probation 
  • Surveillance footage captured the moment Ajple accosted 67-year-old Robert Youngblood at Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurant in Vero Beach on October 25
  • Apjle placed a paper towel over the pro-Trump lettering on Youngblood’s red hat
  • He allegedly told him: ‘You should go back to Russia you f***ing communist’
  • Apjle then left the bar and was arrested hours later at his home

Matthias Ajple, 43, was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday after he spat on an elderly Trump supporter wearing a Make America Great Again hat at a Florida bar in October. Apjle is pictured in his mugshot 

A Florida man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for spitting on an elderly Trump supporter wearing a Make America Great Again hat at a bar.  

Matthias Ajple, 43, pleaded no contest to a battery charge on Thursday in Indian River County court.  

Surveillance footage captured the moment Ajple approached 67-year-old Robert Youngblood at Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurant in Vero Beach on October 25 and accosted him over his apparent political opinions.  

Apjle is seen placing a paper towel over the pro-Trump lettering on Youngblood’s red hat before the pair exchanged words.  

Investigators said Apjle told Youngblood: ‘You should go back to Russia you f***ing communist.’

Youngblood is seen taking off the hat to remove the paper towel before Apjle appears to spit on him and then leaves the bar.

Surveillance footage captured the moment Ajple (second left in gray) approached 67-year-old Robert Youngblood (left in a red hat) at Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurant in Vero Beach on October 25 and accosted him over his apparent political opinions

Surveillance footage captured the moment Ajple (second left in gray) approached 67-year-old Robert Youngblood (left in a red hat) at Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurant in Vero Beach on October 25 and accosted him over his apparent political opinions

Apjle is seen placing a paper towel over the pro-Trump lettering on Youngblood's red hat before telling him: 'You should go back to Russia you f***ing communist'

Apjle is seen placing a paper towel over the pro-Trump lettering on Youngblood’s red hat before telling him: ‘You should go back to Russia you f***ing communist’ 

Youngblood took down Apjle’s license plate and reported the incident to police, who tracked the suspect down at his home on Chardonnay Place.  

Ajple allegedly told arresting officers: ‘I was just trying to protect you guys because I support law enforcement. Trump supporters are communist and racist.’ 

‘I don’t even care that I’m going to jail; this is actually exciting,’ he added. ‘Plus, I have more time on this earth than he does anyway. He probably feels so good about himself.’

Apjle’s wife Laura Torres, who was with him in the restaurant at the time of the altercation, informed investigators that she had told her husband to tell Youngblood  to go back to Russia ‘as a joke’. 

She said she didn’t actually witness the confrontation between Apjle and Youngblood, who was with two other men at the bar.  

Apjle was taken to Indian River County Jail without incident and was later released on $500 bond.  

He will now be placed back behind bars to serve out his 90 day sentence, followed by one year of supervised probation. 

The judge also ordered Apjle to pay $155 to Youngblood and to avoid contact with him, according to a sentencing document.  

The altercation between Apjle and Youngblood took place at the Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurant in Vero Beach (pictured)

The altercation between Apjle and Youngblood took place at the Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurant in Vero Beach (pictured) 

Apjle's wife Laura Torres, who was with him in the restaurant at the time of the altercation, informed investigators that she had told her husband to tell Youngblood to go back to Russia 'as a joke'. Apjle and Torres are seen with their two children in an Instagram photo

Apjle’s wife Laura Torres, who was with him in the restaurant at the time of the altercation, informed investigators that she had told her husband to tell Youngblood to go back to Russia ‘as a joke’. Apjle and Torres are seen with their two children in an Instagram photo

Red MAGA hats have become a divisive symbol in the US since Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.  

People who wear them often say they do so to show patriotism and outward support for the president. 

Others say the hats promote the hate and racism they believe Trump fosters. 

The hats, which are sold for $25 on Trump’s campaign website, sparked widespread debate earlier this year after an incident involving an indigenous marcher and a group of high school boys wearing MAGA caps in Washington DC.

After the incident, actress and activist Alyssa Milano tweeted ‘The red MAGA hat is the new white hood’ and later said she wouldn’t apologize for the remark. 

Red MAGA hats have become a divisive symbol in the US since Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Trump is seen wearing one of the hats at a rally in 2015

Red MAGA hats have become a divisive symbol in the US since Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump is seen wearing one of the hats at a rally in 2015



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