Man wearing MAGA hat on date night gets 'sucker punched'

Elise Solé
Leopold Hauser (L) and Adebisi Okuneye (R) allegedly beat up bar patron Luke Lenzner in Portland, Oregon. (Screenshot: KPTV)

A man who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat to a bar got “sucker punched” by two people, who are now arrested.

Luke Lenzner says that while he and his wife were on a date at Portland bar Growler's Taproom on Saturday, he was “mobbed” by an angry group of patrons on the patio. “...People came from the inside out and just circled me and my wife,” Lenzer told KPTV.

However, surveillance video depicting a near-empty bar after last call.

Lenzner said that two people, who police identified as Adebisi Okuneye, 23, and Leopold Hauser, 22, attacked him. “Surrounding me...pushing me. I’m just trying to through, trying to stop the person from hitting me, taking my hat,” Lenzner told the station. “And then I get sucker punched.”

When the Portland Police Department responded, Okuneye and Hauser had already left, but because Lenzner had taken a photo of their license plate, they were easily found. Police discovered the suspect’s gold van parked a few blocks away and charged both with third-degree assault.

Luke Lenzner says two people attacked him at a Portland, Oregon, bar for wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat. (Screenshot: KPTV)

According to an affidavit of probable cause sent to Yahoo Lifestyle by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Lenzner’s wife encouraged him to wear the MAGA hat to “see how people treat him.” At the bar, Lenzner alleges that Okuneye “got into his face.” When he pushed her away, Hauser punched him in the face. Lenzner’s wife said that Okuneye attacked him as well.

However, according Hauser, his group gave dirty looks to Lenzner because he “disagreed with the political statement of the hat.” The tension caused Lenzner to allegedly say, “B*tch, do you like my hat?” On the bar’s security camera, Lenzner points to his hat as he walks by the suspects’ table.

Hauser claims that Lenzner pushed Okuneye, and he tried to separate them but “arms were flying everywhere.”

The Portland Police Department tells Yahoo Lifestyle that Lenzner had injuries from the fight and that Okuneye and Hauser, whose relationship to each other wasn’t clear, were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

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