Man now facing felony hate crime charges after harassing woman for Puerto Rican flag shirt

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On Thursday, a man who was seen harassing a woman wearing a Puerto Rican flag t-shirt in the now-viral video has been charged with a felony hate crime.

The Cook County state attorney’s office revealed today that Timothy Trybus has been charged with two counts of felony hate crime. These charges add to the charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct he was already facing.

The additional charges come as he was arrested by Cook County Forest Preserve District Police on Thursday. He is also expected to be at the Skokie courthouse on Friday at 1:30 p.m for a bond hearing.

Last month, Trybus was caught on camera verbally harassing 24-year-old Mia Irizarry for wearing a shirt with a Puerto Rican flag on the front. In the video, you see Trybus, who was reportedly intoxicated, approaching her and asking why she wore the shirt. He then asks her if she is a United States citizen.

Irizarry replied that Puerto Rico is a part of the U.S. and that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

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In the video, Irizarry can be heard asking a park police officer for help but the officer is seen walking away. Eventually another officer intervenes to help.

The officer who is seen walking away from Irizarry after she asked for help has resigned. The officer was identified as Officer Patrick Connor. He is also expected to face a disciplinary hearing today.

Below is the full video of the incident:


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