A San Fernando Valley man who allegedly attacked a man in a red hat bearing the slogan “Make America Great Again” written in Russian while in the restroom of a Hermosa Beach bar pleaded not guilty Thursday to three felony charges.
David Delgado, 32, of Winnetka, is charged with one count each of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, battery with serious bodily injury and second-degree robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The criminal complaint also alleges that Delgado personally inflicted great bodily injury.
Delgado allegedly approached a man using a restroom in the bar on Labor Day, asked the meaning of the Russian writing on the hat, then punched the victim repeatedly in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, according to Hermosa Beach Police Department Sgt. Robert Higgins.
“The suspect continued to punch the victim and then stole the victim’s hat and fled,” according to Higgins.
The man suffered serious injuries, according to prosecutors.
Using surveillance video and other “investigative resources,” Hermosa Beach police investigators identified the suspect and arrested him Oct. 1 at his home in the Winnetka area without further incident, Higgins said.
Delgado could face up to nine years in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
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