Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was hit with a can of beer during Monday’s World Series victory parade for the Houston Astros, and charges were laid against a suspect on Tuesday, authorities said.
Cruz was on a float at the 2400 block of Smith Street in Houston when the can was thrown, Houston police tweeted.
“The beer can hit the senator in the chest and neck,” police said, adding that he was not injured.
Cruz said on Twitter that the projectile was a can of White Claw, which calls its drinks “hard cider”, a beer-based malt liquor also known as alcopop or alternative drinks.
In video of the incident posted on social media, boos can be heard coming from the parade crowd as Cruz drives past, standing in the back of a military-style vehicle. A can rushes towards his head and the people in the vehicle try to protect him from the projectile.
Police have identified the suspect as Joseph Halm Arcidiacono, who has been charged with aggravated assault.
Harris County prosecutors alleged in court papers Tuesday that the defendant “threw two unopened twelve-ounce cans of liquor at Sen. Ted Cruz during the Astros Championship Parade, striking the senator and causing him distress.” pain; the accused had thrown the two cans about twenty feet away.”
NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston, citing prosecutors, reported that the suspect was about 15 feet from Cruz before he ran toward a barrier and allegedly threw two sealed drink cans. A witness grabbed him and held him for police, the station reported.
“I know, I’m an idiot,” Arcidiacono said while being detained, according to KPRC. “I am sorry.”
Prosecutors argued that he “used and exhibited a deadly weapon, namely an unopened metal beverage can,” according to the documents. A judge approved $40,000 bond, which was posted.
It was unclear whether Arcidiacono had obtained legal representation. The public defender’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A Cruz spokesperson referred to a Tweeter he wrote after the incident.
“As always, I am grateful to the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their prompt action,” the senator said. “I’m also grateful that the clown who threw his White Claw got a noodle for an arm.”
The Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Saturday in Game 6 of the World Series to win the championship for the second time in team history.
Austin Mullen and Brian Gallion contributed.