A YouTube video posted by user Noria Alward shows a man targeting a Muslim family at South Padre Island.
“Don’t even try to act like you’re innocent,” the attacker said while approaching the family in the video, seemingly drunk. “Well guess what? You will never, ever, ever stop me from my Christianity from rising above your Sharia Law.”
Toward the end of the video, the man yells “that’s my motherfucking president” while pounding on his own chest and facing the family. “Don’t mess with Donald Trump!” he said several times before walking away.
The man was eventually arrested after the family called 911, as Noria Alward mentions in her YouTube channel:
“While enjoying our time at the beach during a family reunion, our kids and us had to experience ugliness and aggressiveness in the worse shape and form possible. We were staying at the South Padre Pearl hotel and went to the beach through their private access. My father was approached by two woman who were also enjoying their time. The women asked him to help with talking to a stranger who was harassing them. All my father said to the guy was “please enjoy your time and have fun and let everyone else here enjoy their time.” The guy seemed to listen and walked away. He then came back to my father and started throwing racist comments. He was yelling so loud that my uncles and my brother came over from the water to see what was going on. The insane man came close to the kids and that’s when my uncle stood up to him and defended us and the kids, including my 4 year old cousin, 4 and 2 year old nephews. The video here shows a glimpse of what we all had to experience. It is worth mentioning that we contacted South Padre police and the man left on his way back o the hotel. A little after that the police came and told my father to call them again if he harasses us again. We went back to playing in the water and sand then the insane man came back with even more aggressiveness and more racial slurs. We called 911 again as you may be able to hear on the video. After about 20 minutes of him going crazy he left back to the hotel. The police then came back and they arrested the man at the hotel restaurant. When we spoke to the hotel management, they said they couldn’t do anything at the time because he is in police custody and that if they see him, they will evict him. The next morning my uncle saw him at the front desk and talked to the management. They plainly told us that they can’t do anything about it right now and that if he does this again he will be arrested. I don’t understand what it takes for this hotel to take actions. Do they need someone to get hurt? – Noria Alward
The video has been picked up by reporters at Buzzfeed, DailyMail, and was posted on Facebook by CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
Update May 10 5:39 PM CDT:
The racist man has been identified as Alexander Jennes Downing by KVEO.