Man arrested for throwing beer can at Sen. Ted Cruz at World Series parade claims his actions were non-violent

The man who threw a can of beer at U.S. Senator Ted Cruz during the Houston Astros World Series victory parade has been arrested, the Houston Police Department announced Monday. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and released on $40,000 bond.

“The beer can hit the senator in the chest and neck,” read a tweet from Houston police. “The senator did not require medical attention.”

The incident happened Monday as the Astros celebrated their 2022 championship after beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 in the series. The parade stretched three miles through downtown Houston, about twice the length of the parade route for the 2017 championship celebration.

Senator Cruz, who lives in the Houston area, attended several World Series games and the celebration. He was in the back of a military vehicle waving to the crowd during the parade. A social media video shows the crowd booing Cruz, and eventually a can is seen flying right at him.

“As always, I’m grateful to the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their quick action. I’m also grateful that the clown who threw his white claw got a noodle for an arm,” Cruz tweeted.

The arrested man has been identified as 33-year-old Joseph Halm Arcidiacono. Court documents filed by prosecutors accuse Arcidiacono of “using and exhibiting a deadly weapon, namely an unopened metal beverage can”, to intentionally strike the senator.

The NBC-affiliated Houston station reported that a witness saw Arcidiacono running toward a barrier wall during the parade. After the incident, the witness then grabbed Arcidiacono as he tried to flee. According to the report, a prosecutor said Arcidiacono told officers, “I know, I’m an idiot. I’m sorry,” while in custody.

On Wednesday, Arcidiacono’s legal team claimed it was a misunderstanding. Arcidiacona’s attorney, Bill Stradley, issued a statement saying his client wasn’t trying to be violent. Instead, according to Stradley, Arcidiacono was attempting a friendly gesture by throwing the senator a drink in celebration.

“The night before the parade, Joey texted a friend, ‘My dream would be to throw a beer at one of the players. I doubt that would happen haha ​​but it would be epic,’ the statement read.

Stradley pointed out that fans throw drinks at people all the time at championship parades “to get them gasping.”

“It was silly, great fun. It turned out not to be fun,” the statement read. “Joey apologizes for how his actions alarmed Senator Cruz, his family and his security guards and put a damper on an otherwise magnificent celebration for millions of Houstonians. With this fuller context, we ask for the thanks and hope that Senator Cruz will refuse to pursue the charges.”

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