A Chicago man who was caught on video unleashing a racist tirade against a woman wearing a Puerto Rico shirt was hit with felony hate crime charges on Thursday.
Timothy Trybus, 62, originally faced misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges for the incident where he angrily confronted the woman and told her she “shouldn’t be wearing that” — referring to the shirt.
He now faces two counts of felony hate crime, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office told The Post.
“After a review of the case, we approved felony hate crimes charges,” a spokesman for the attorney’s office told the Chicago Tribune.
During the encounter, 24-year-old Mia Irizarry was aggressively questioned about her citizenship by Trybus, who cops eventually said was drunk at the time.
“You shouldn’t be wearing that,” he said, referring to a shirt that read Puerto Rico and displayed the flag.
“You’re not going to change us,” 62-year-old Trybus is heard saying in the video.
“The world is not going to change the United States of America. You should not be wearing that in the United States of America.”
Puerto Rico has been a US territory since 1899.