Man accused of harassing woman wearing Puerto Rican flag shirt charged with felony hate crime

An Illinois man who allegedly harassed a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag T-shirt in a now-viral video was charged with a felony hate crime on Thursday. 

The Chicago Tribune reported that the Cook County state attorney’s office announced Timothy Trybus was charged with two counts of a felony hate crime, which add to the charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct he was already facing. 


He was arrested by Cook County Forest Preserve District Police and is expected to be held before a bond hearing on Friday. 

The charges stem from a June incident in which Trybus, who was reportedly intoxicated, confronted a woman for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag emblazoned across the front. Among other things, Trybus said the woman, 24-year-old Mia Irizarry, was un-American for wearing it. 

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America,"  Trybus said in a video that Irizarry posted on Facebook. As of Thursday morning, the video had be seen 1.5 million times. 

Irizarry informs her accuser that Puerto Rico is part of the United States. The island is a U.S. commonwealth, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

“You should not be wearing that in the United States of America,” Trybus later says in the video, moving closer to her. “Are you a citizen? Are you a United States citizen?"

The news of the federal hate crime charges come the same day a Forest Preserves police officer resigned for failing to intervene during the incident. The department announced on Twitter that Officer Patrick Connor would no longer serve in the police force. 

In the video, Connor can be seen walking away after Irizarry asked him for help. Another officer eventually intervened and asked for Trybus's identification.