Portland Grand Jury Refuses To Indict Couple Who Attacked Man Wearing MAGA Hat

A grand jury in Portland refused to indict a couple accused of attacking a man who was wearing a MAGA hat.

Portland, OR – Two people were arrested for attacking a man who was wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat but the charges were dropped after a video surfaced that showed the alleged victim antagonizing people in another Portland bar the same night (video below).

The incident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on Aug. 24 when Luke Lenzner and his wife arrived at Growler’s Taproom during date night, KPTV reported.

Lenzner claimed that as soon as they got to Growler’s Taproom, he was attacked by other customers who did not like his MAGA hat.

Staff told the Lenzners that the bar was closing and they were done serving customers for the night, according to The Oregonian.

But as the couple was leaving the bar, things turned ugly.

“I got mobbed by everybody that was in that bar outside. People came from the inside out - just circled me and my wife," Lenzner told KPTV.

In the security camera footage from the bar, Lenzner can be seen pointing to his hat and saying something as he was leaving.

Witnesses, including the bartender, told police that the man in the MAGA hat took a “fighting stance” and started the altercation, but police said the surveillance video showed Lenzner did not start the fight, KPTV reported.

The video showed Lenzner pointing to his hat and saying something as he left the bar but not getting physical.

He said that was when 23-year-old Adebisi Okuneye and 22-year-old Leopold Hauser attacked him, KPTV reported.

"Surrounding me, like literally surrounding me, pushing me. I'm just trying to get through, trying to stop the person from hitting me, from taking my hat, and then I get sucker punched," Lenzner said.

Police responded to the scene at about 12:50 a.m. and found Lenzner with injuries to his face but Okuneye and Hauser had already left the bar, KPTV reported.

However, Lenzner had gotten the license plate number from their vehicle and officers spotted them in the area shortly thereafter, according to The Oregonian.

Okuneye told police Lenzner had started the altercation when he asked "B---h, do you like my hat?" as he was leaving the bar, KPTV reported.

Hauser and Okuneye were arrested for the attack and each charged with one count of third-degree assault, KPTV reported.

Both were booked into the county jail.

The probable cause affidavit said that Lenzner’s wife had asked him to wear the MAGA hat while they went bar hopping to see how people treated him, KPTV reported.

Court documents showed the wife said that they had visited numerous bars in Portland that evening.

Despite the video that showed Lenzner was not at fault in the Growler Taproom fight, a Multnomah County grand jury declined to indict Okuneye and Hauser on Sept. 5 after additional video footage emerged that showed Lenzner antagonizing patrons at another Portland bar earlier the same evening that he got hit, The Oregonian reported.

That video showed Lenzner standing in the threshold of another bar, The Vern, antagonizing patrons inside the bar who repeatedly told him to leave.

It also showed the Lenzner told those people that he was a military veteran, a claim that was later debunked, The Oregonian reported.

Lenzner said the earlier video had nothing to do with the incident at Growler’s Taproom and blamed the grand jury’s failure to indict his attackers on the city’s liberal political leanings.

“I know who hit me, who assaulted me,” he told The Oregonian. “In any other city, they would have been indicted."

Watch video of the earlier incident here below:

Comments (38)
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flybynight
flybynight

Jump on this story soul patrol trolls. It's made for you!!!!!

Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

Kinda sounds like he went out looking for trouble, trouble obliged him, and then he wants to be the "victim". What a f'n a-hole! Get the hell off of MY side.!

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

I would expect no better from Portland!

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

If the tables were turned, the blame would be on trump, it would be a racial issue outrage and they definitely would indict the MAGA wearing hat guy.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The guy in the MAGA hat was quite a jerk, and I own a MAGA hat, although I just look at it and smile.

Wearing it should not be about "take it outside if you disagree with me." It's about exercising your First Amendment right to freedom of expression and maybe even demonstrating how a responsible person acts when wearing something that is not supported by about half the population.

If I wore mine, I would be more like, "hey, man, I hear you. Want to chat. I'll buy you a beer."

I was wondering the other day why some people get aggressive after drinking alcohol, since it is a depressant. Some bright person on the internet told me that it's because in some people, alcohol numbs the part of the brain that controls reasonable and civil behavior.

walkintall
walkintall

This is commonplace in a sewer like Portland. It would be real news if they had actually been indicted.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

this warms the deepest parts of my heart. Stolen valor loudmouth asshole getting his ass beat - I couldn't have written it better myself.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Troublesome shenanigans interrupt critical drinking time. Horse whip every character in the story. After which, everyone crawl back to the bar with me; the shots are still coming and I’m already wearing a traffic cone on my head, plus someone has to pretend to back up the outrageous bullshit stories I’m slurring to girls....

Roy Logan
Roy Logan

Why do we only get to see the middle of the argument? Just because someone sead something you don't like doesn't mean that people have a right to assault him. If it were the other way around the the assaulters would be locked up. Typical liberal bullshit. #Trump2020

magnumforc
magnumforc

Portland...yet another cesspool of liberalism. Will the last real American please flush as you leave?

tfort
tfort

He went looking for trouble and found it. He brought this upon himself.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Last I checked, being an obnoxious ass doesn't justify getting your ass beat. Although it is Portland, and the rules are different there.....

Hopefully he sues them both civilly for as much as he can.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

How come discrimination is illegal if it’s pertains to someone’s skin color, religious beliefs, age, country of origin/ethnicity but it perfectly acceptable to discriminate against someone for their political views?

DocRyder
DocRyder

The video should never have been allowed in testimony as irrelevant.