A suspect who allegedly pummeled another man in a Hermosa Beach restaurant bathroom after learning the victim’s red hat had “Make America Great Again” written on it in Russian was arrested Tuesday at his home in the San Fernando Valley.
David Delgado was booked on suspicion of robbery and battery with serious injury and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to Hermosa Beach police and sheriff’s inmate records.
The victim was using the restroom around 6:40 p.m. on Sept. 2 when he was approached by the suspect, who asked the meaning of the Russian writing on the hat, according to Hermosa Beach Police Department Sgt. Robert Higgins.
The suspect then allegedly punched the victim repeatedly in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, Higgins said.
“The suspect continued to punch the victim and then stole the victim’s hat and fled,” according to Higgins.
Using surveillance video and other “investigative resources,” HBPD investigators identified the suspect and arrested him at his home in the Winnetka area without further incident, Higgins said.
Details regarding the victim’s injuries were not disclosed.
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