New York, NY – A 42-year-old Billionaire’s Row gallery owner was beaten by a large group of teenagers for wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat in Manhattan.
The incident occurred at about 6:50 p.m. on July 30 on Canal Street in Chinatown, WNBC reported.
Jahangir “John” Turan, the owner of the David Parker Gallery which sells Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró works, said he on his way to meet a client wearing his new MAGA hat that he purchased earlier in the day at Trump Tower.
“I love President Trump. I think he’s doing a great job,” Turan said, according to WNYW.
That’s when he encountered a group of about 15 “kids,” approximately 18 to 20 years old.
Turan said the group attacked him, yelling “F–k Trump.”
The teens stomped on the man and smashed his head into a scaffold, WNBC reported.
Turan said that the attack lasted only a few seconds but left him with a fractured cheek and badly swollen eye, WNYW reported.
He said he had an appointment with a specialist to determine whether there had been any permanent damage done to his eye.
After the attack, Turan said he crossed the street and called the police.
He claimed that when the police arrived the group of teenagers were still there and making anti-Trump statements but the officers did nothing about it, WNBC reported.
Turan held a press conference on Aug. 1 and demanded that the New York Police Department (NYPD) track down his attackers.
NYPD told WNBC in a statement that they were investigating the incident but that the officers who responded said that the man who filed the complaint said he was attacked in an unprovoked manner and refused medical attention.
The police statement made no mention of the suspects making anti-Trump statements.
Police said they have no description of the suspects and no arrests have been made, according to WNBC.
After the attack, Turan told WNYW he might think twice about wearing his MAGA hat again.
“It’s sad to get beat up for wearing this hat. This is America,” he said
But some words of encouragement from the Commander in Chief may have changed his mind.
Turan has since received a signed MAGA hat and a letter of support from President Donald Trump, WCBS reported.