Man Gets Probation For Confronting Woman Over T-shirt

Associated Press
October 21, 2019 - 1:46 pm
Puerto Rican Flag

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) - A man who confronted a woman for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag has been sentenced to probation for a hate crime.

Timothy Trybus of Des Plaines told a judge Monday that he feels "extremely embarrassed" by his actions in 2018 at Caldwell Woods, a Cook County park. He was sentenced to two years probation, 200 hours of community and a $150 fine, according to Cook County records.

He faced up to five years in prison for the two counts of hate crime he was charged with after the June 2018 rant, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was found guilty by a jury last month.

In the viral video, Trybus approached a woman to tell her he didn’t approve of her Puerto Rico flag T-shirt, prosecutors told the jurors.

The incident happened in Caldwell Woods while the woman and a cousin were setting up for her birthday party. While the woman’s cousin went to retrieve party supplies from their car, Trybus approached the young woman and asked her about her shirt, telling her she shouldn’t be wearing it.

Mia Irizarry testified at trial that she feared for her safety when the 63-year-old Trybus criticized her for her Puerto Rican shirt. She made a video of the incident. Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth.

Trybus’ defense attorney David Goldman argued that he was drunk and that his behavior “wasn’t hateful as much as it was stupid.”

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