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Indiana Couple Drove Boys With Trump Flags Off Road

Cailyn Marie Smith, 18, and Kyren Gregory Perry-Jones, 23, in a booking photo
These booking photos provided by the Hobart, Indiana, Police Department show Cailyn Marie Smith, 18, and Kyren Gregory Perry-Jones, 23. (Hobart Police Department/AP)

By    |   Saturday, 22 February 2020 01:37 PM

An Indiana couple drove twin teenage boys, 14, on bikes off of the road because they were displaying flags supporting President Donald Trump, according to local police Friday.

After being driven off the road, one of the twins had their Trump flag ripped from his bike, per the report.

Kyren Gregory Perry-Jones, 23, the alleged driver, and Cailyn Marie Smith, 18, the alleged passenger, were charged for theft, criminal mischief, intimidation, and criminal recklessness resulting after Snapchat videos of the July 22 incident show them driving the car and making threats toward the boys.

Perry-Jones allegedly pulled up to the boys and asked "if they were Trump supporters," according to the probable cause affidavit.

The driver then swerved at the boys, forcing them onto roadside grass to avoid being struck. The driver followed the boys before exiting the car and tearing off the flag from one of the brother's bikes, the affidavit states.

The driver dropped the flag, ran it over and then drove off, according to police.

Smith was in custody but Perry-Jones remained at large Friday evening, police said.

Hobart Police Capt. James Gonzales said the charges weren’t filed until Thursday because there was a delay in detectives getting information from Snapchat, The Northwest Indiana Times reported.

In a video posted to Snapchat, allegedly by the couple of their encounter with the boy, shows "the driver turns the wheel sharply as if he saw the boys and wanted to hit them with the vehicle while yelling 'ya'll better get home,'" according to the affidavit. A male's voice is then heard telling the female passenger "pull that flag down" in the video which shows the female trying to reach it through her window and her saying, "get closer."

"The female is then heard saying 'ya'll scared, just like your president''' and "'America is not great'" followed by an expletive, according to the affidavit.

In a second Snapchat video, Perry-Jones alleged says, "Don't let me see you downtown" to one of the boys and threatens to beat him up.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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An Indiana couple drove twin teenage boys, 14, on bikes off of the road because they were displaying flags supporting President Donald Trump, according to local police Friday.
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