Assault

An image of Saturday’s assault suspect shared by Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon Saturday via Twitter.

Jason Lata, the 44-year-old suspect in Saturday’s assault at Buc-ee’s, turned himself in before he was arrested Saturday night, according to Denton police.

Police department spokesperson Amy Cunningham stated Lata, a Flower Mound resident, turned himself in shortly before he was booked into the Denton City Jail at 10:40 p.m. He was contacted by police as part of the investigation and turned himself in on the warrant for assault causing bodily injury that police obtained, she stated.

Lata’s bail was set at $15,000 and he was released after posting bail at 12:19 a.m., Cunningham stated. She stated the next step in his case will be having a date set for him to appear in court.

Officers were dispatched to a local hospital following an assault report around 12:40 p.m. Saturday that occurred at Buc-ee’s travel center in Denton. Police Chief Frank Dixon stated via Twitter that the suspect was not on scene when officers arrived.

Video of the assault shows a man in a black shirt and brown hat punching another man outside the gas station. The footage has gone viral on social media, with many believing the incident was politically charged.

According to a Saturday news release from the department, officers spoke to the victim of the assault, who told police he and a friend observed supporters of President Donald Trump at the location and a verbal argument ensued, after which he was punched in the face. The release states officers observed that he had an abrasion below his right eyebrow and a broken tooth.

Dan Schochler, the victim of the assault, created a GoFundMe fundraiser Sunday morning for help paying his medical expenses.

“I was assaulted for peacefully protesting and standing up for myself,” Schochler wrote on the fundraiser page, which had reached over $4,000 of its $5,000 goal by Sunday afternoon.

The incident has gained attention nationally. TMZ reported on the assault, noting that rapper YG’s “FDT” (F--k Donald Trump) was playing in the background of the video.

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