Per ABC, a northwestern Indiana couple allegedly used a car to force two teenage boys off a road, angered that the twin brothers were riding bicycles adorned with flags supporting President Donald Trump, before ripping one of the sibling’s flag from his bike, police said Friday.
NWTimes reports felony charges have been filed against a Hobart couple accused of driving twin boys off the road because they had pro-Trump flags attached to their bicycles, authorities said.
Snapchat videos helped officers secure charges against Kyren Gregory Perry-Jones, 23, and Cailyn Marie Smith, 18, in connection with a July 22 incident, police said.
“Y’all scared, just like your president … America is not great, (expletive),” Smith could allegedly be heard saying on a Snapchat video obtained by police during the incident.
At one point, Perry-Jones asked one of the boys if he was a Trump fan, and he said he was, records state.
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Perry-Jones and Smith have each been charged with two counts of intimidation and criminal recklessness, all felonies. They were also charged with one count each of theft and criminal mischief, which are misdemeanors, court records show.
Hobart Police Capt. James Gonzales said Smith and Perry-Jones are accused of driving in their car, running the teen boys off of the road, and making threats toward them.
The detective just received charges on this Thursday, Gonzales said. The delay was because of information police were waiting on from Snapchat, he added.
The two boys told Hobart detectives they were riding their bikes near 8th and Fleming when a blue Chevrolet Malibu began following them, court records state.
Snapchat video obtained by police shows the Malibu, driven by Perry-Jones, swerve the wheels sharply “as if he saw the boys and wanted to hit them with the vehicle” while yelling ‘Y’all better get home,'” court records state.
Perry-Jones and Smith allegedly yelled expletives at the two teen boys and demanded that they “pull that flag down” in the video, police said.
Perry-Jones allegedly threatened to beat the boys up for calling 911, court records state.
In the video, Perry-Jones also said that if police questioned him about it, he would just say the boys called him a racial slur.
During the encounter, Perry-Jones allegedly drove his car through several yards, chasing them.
One of the boys told detectives Smith snatched their flag while filming the video, so they chased after the car. Only after the boys threatened to call police did the couple drop the flag and intentionally run it over with their vehicle before fleeing the area, records state.
The flag sustained a few rips and tears, the boys said.
On Aug. 6, detectives received a search warrant for the Snapchat videos, and it wasn’t until Nov. 7 that they received the video content from Snapchat.