Trio face criminal street gang charges after pulling gun on Trump supporter and saying ‘Spanish words’
Three Georgia men were charged in connection with a dispute over a Donald Trump campaign sign that escalated to dueling gun threats.
David Grant said one of the men pulled up a Trump campaign sign Thursday afternoon from the front yard of his Dalton home, crumpled it up and threw it into the street, reported WRCB-TV.
The 43-year-old Grant said he followed the men into the street and confronted them.
“I said you got one choice: Come and fix this sign,” Grant said.
The men continued walking, and Grant then grabbed 18-year-old Mauricio Rodriguez, who pulled up the sign, by the vest.
That’s when 17-year-old Alexander Moreno lifted up his shirt to reveal a holstered handgun.
“He said you are about to get a cap popped in your ass,” Grant said. “Then he started patting his stomach and then showed a handgun.”
Grant said the teen pulled out the gun, pointed it at him and ordered him to let Rodriguez go.
“(My) neighbor was standing out here beside his driveway and sees the man pull the gun out,” Grant said. “My neighbor looks at me dead in the eye and says, ‘I got you, hang on.’ He runs in the house and comes back out with his pistol and says, ‘Nobody is shooting him.’
The three men fled at that point — but not without some parting words.
“Spanish words,” Grant said. “I don’t know what they were saying.”
Police quickly located the trio walking nearby and arrested them.
Moreno was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm without a license, possession of a handgun under the age of 18 and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Rodriguez was charged with making terroristic threats, criminal trespass and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Hector Ayala, 20, was charged with disorderly conduct.
All three men were also charged under Georgia’s Criminal Street Gang Act.
Grant said the incident had only strengthened his support for the Republican presidential candidate.
“I’m behind Donald Trump,” Grant said. “You mess with Trump, you mess with us.”
Watch this video report posted online by WRCB-TV: