FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP -- An 81-year-old man wearing a "Make America Great Again" baseball cap was assaulted while shopping inside an Elizabeth Street food store, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
The assault took place on Monday, Feb. 25 at 3:24 p.m at the ShopRite supermarket, according to Robertson, when the victim was confronted about wearing the hat,.
The victim, a township resident declined medical treatment.
The "Make America Great Again" is a trademark of President Donald Trump, who began wearing the embroidered hats at rallies during his successful 2016 campaign; the hats were sold to raise money for the campaign, and continue to be sold and worn by his supporters.
There have been dozens of other assaults nationwide in connection with people wearing the “Make America Great Again” hats.
Police did not release a description of the attacker(s).
Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department are investigating the incident, according to Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Franklin Township Chief of Police Richard Grammar
Robertson asks that anyone with information on the incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.