Two charged with assault, robbery after allegedly beating man wearing 'MAGA' hat

Two men in Maryland were arrested and charged with assault and robbery last weekend after allegedly attacking a man wearing one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren unveils Native American policy plan Live-action 'Mulan' star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police Don't let other countries unfairly tax America's most innovative companies MORE's signature "Make America Great Again" hats. 

The Montgomery County Police Department said in a statement Monday that the suspects, Jovan Crawford and Scott Duncan Roberson, began harassing the victim about the hat as he walked in an area in Germantown, Md., on Saturday. The suspects are accused of beating the victim, Atsu Nable, after he told them he was entitled to his own political beliefs. 

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The police said that the assailants repeatedly struck Nable until he fell to the ground. They then "removed property from the victim, and destroyed items of value."

Crawford and Roberson are facing charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree assault, as well as related crimes. 

Nable told Fox 5 DC that he immigrated to the U.S. from Togo in 2007 and that he is now a U.S. citizen. He said to the news station that he's been staunch supporter of Trump since he launched his presidential campaign.

He added to WJLA, a local ABC affiliate, that Trump's campaign caused him to register as a Republican. 

“I like everything that he does. Like, I came here legally," Nable said. "Why can’t all people come here legally then? I went through the right process, the proper channels and I’m here, so why can’t they do the same thing?”

The caps with Trump's signature slogan have been at the center of multiple altercations since Trump's presidential campaign. 

A woman in Massachusetts was charged in February with disorderly conduct after confronting a man in a Mexican restaurant and forcefully taking his MAGA hat off his head. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said at the time that the woman was in the U.S. illegally and now faces deportation. 

That same month, a New Jersey teen was arrested and charged with attacking an 81-year-old man for wearing a "MAGA" hat.