Couple Arrested After Recording Themselves Threatening Teens Over Trump Flag
Hobart, IN – Authorities have brought felony charges against a Hobart couple who filmed a Snapchat video of themselves running two teenage boys riding bikes with Trump flags off the road.
Court records showed the incident occurred on July 22, 2019 as the twin boys were riding their bikes near 8th and Fleming in Hobart, The Times reported.
Snapchat videos that were obtained by police showed 23-year-old Kyren Gregory Perry-Jones and 18-year-old Cailyn Marie Smith following the boys in a blue Chevrolet Malibu.
Court records said Perry-Jones was driving "as if he saw the boys and wanted to hit them with the vehicle" as he yelled “Y'all better get home” and ordered them to “pull that flag down," The Times reported.
Police said he asked the boys if they were fans of President Donald Trump and they both answered in the affirmative.
"Y'all scared, just like your president... America is not great, (expletive)," Smith heckled the boys on the Snapchat video as they followed them.
Perry-Jones allegedly chased the boys through multiple yards in his Malibu and eventually snatched a flag from them, The Times reported.
When the boys threatened to call the police, he dropped the Trump flag on the ground and drove over it before he fled.
Court records said that the boys told police Perry-Jones had threatened to beat them up for calling 911.
He also told them that if police questioned him, he’d claim the twins called him a racial slur, according to The Times.
Perry-Jones and Smith were both arrested and charged on Thursday with two counts each of felony intimidation and felony criminal recklessness.
Court records showed they were also each charged with theft and criminal mischief, The Times reported.
Hobart Police Captain James Gonzales said the delay in charging Perry-Jones and Smith was a result of Snapchat’s delay in releasing the video evidence to them.
Police obtained a warrant for the Snapchat videos on Aug. 6, 2019 but the company did not release them to the authorities until Nov. 7, 2019, The Times reported.