A Falmouth woman is facing charges after police there say she verbally harassed and physically assaulted a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap at a restaurant earlier this month.
Authorities say Rosiane Santos, 41, perpetuated the confrontation between her and 23-year-old Bryton Turner, of Mashpee, as he took in a night out with friends at Casa Vallarta Mexican Restaurant on Davis Straits on Feb. 15.
In video taken by Turner posted to Facebook, Santos is seen knocking the hat off his head and pushing his head down.
Turner told police he was minding his own business when Santos “began to verbally assault him” because of his hat, Falmouth Police Officer Newton Cardoso wrote in an incident report.
Santos told Cardoso that Turner was a “motherf*****” for supporting President Donald Trump and that Turner should not be allowed in a Mexican restaurant while wearing the red hat, according to the report filed in Falmouth District Court.
“See this right here? This is the problem. Ignorant, ignorant people like this. I’m just trying to sit here and eat a nice meal. … People like that — that’s the problem. That’s the problem with America these days,” Turner says in one of the two videos he shared on Facebook. “People are just ignorant and they want to lash out on people who are educated.”
In the other video, Turner, who could not be reached for comment Monday, says Santos tried to grab his hat in front of four officers.
Videos contain explicit language.
Santos, who later told police she drank three mojitos that night, was uncooperative with authorities and yelled profanities as officers attempted to speak with her, according to Cardoso.
As she was escorted outside, she passed by Turner and “hit him over the head again in front of us,” Cardoso wrote.
Despite a struggle, police put Santos into a cruiser and brought her to the station for booking.
“Once at the station Officer Cardoso opened the cruiser door and asked Ms. Santos to step out,” Officer Julia Massi wrote in a report. “Ms. Santos then said, ‘What are you going to do if I don’t?’”
Officers pulled her out of the vehicle and assisted her to her feet, the reports say.
Santos was charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct. She posted a $40 bail later that night ahead of her arraignment last week, court records show.
When asked Monday by Boston.com whether she had any comment regarding the incident, she said, “Not right now.”
The politically-charged incident was the first of two that resulted in charges in Falmouth within days. A snowplow driver was charged with assault and disorderly conduct after he allegedly targeted anti-Trump protesters by splashing snow and slush on them on Feb. 18.
Santos is due back in court on March 20 for a pre-trial conference.