Man Charged in Slashing of ‘Baby Trump’ Balloon, Police Say

The authorities arrested a man they said had slashed a giant balloon of a baby Donald Trump that was on display to protest the president’s visit to a football game in Alabama on Saturday.

The man, Hoyt Hutchinson, 32, was arrested after officers in Tuscaloosa, Ala., saw him cut the balloon and then try to flee at about 1 p.m. on Saturday, the police said on Facebook. It wasn’t clear what Mr. Hutchinson had used to slash the balloon.

“I am going down here to make a scene, so y’all watch the news,” Mr. Hutchinson said in a Facebook Live video before the game.

The balloon, which stands 20 feet tall, had been set up at a protest at Monnish Park. Mr. Trump attended the game about a mile away at Bryant-Denny Stadium to watch the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University face off.

Mr. Hutchinson was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, the police said. He was taken to Tuscaloosa County Jail, posted $2,500 bond and watched the game’s third quarter, The Tuscaloosa News reported. (Louisiana State won, 46-41.)

Mr. Hutchinson set up a GoFundMe account, “Restitutions for Baby Trump Stabber,” to raise money for his legal fees.

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