PD: 2 arrested for beating up man holding Trump sign

Anthony Hobdy and Wilson Echevarria


MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Two people have been arrested for assaulting a man who was waving a Donald Trump sign and American flag in Meriden on Saturday.

At noon on Saturday, a Meriden Lieutenant was parked on Hanover Street where he saw a man standing on the traffic island at Hanover and Colony Streets waving a Donald Trump sign and an American flag.

Police say a silver car stopped at the island, two men got out and began punching and kicking the man, knocking him into the street. The Lieutenant intervened and arrested the two men. The victim told police that the two men gave him the finger, he responded “same to you” and then the assault started.

The two men were identified as 32-year-old Wilson Echevarria and 36-year-old Anthony Hobdy, both of Meriden. Police say Hobdy had 54 bags of heroin packaged for sale on him at the time of the arrest and was wanted on four separate warrants.

The victim, who police say is approximately 45 years old, complained of pain in his ears and head, but refused medical attention.

Echevarria is charged with third-degree assault and is due in court on November 23. Hobdy is charged with third-degree assault, possession of narcotics and four counts of second-degree failure to appear.