Man, 75, disguised in Santa beard & Trump mask is arrested for attempted murder after shooting his brother-in-law twiceDecember 27, 2020
A MAN disguised in a Donald Trump mask, a white beard and a Santa hat has been arrested for shooting his brother-in-law twice.
The suspect, 75-year-old Gerald Jacinth, approached his brother-in-law's home in Rohnert Park, California, on Saturday morning donning the disguise.
He was apprehended shortly after the shooting and is facing charges for attempted murder, The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety said in a statement.
Jacinth, who lives in Las Vegas, parked across the street and approached the home, attempting to hand the victim a package, the department said.
His brother-in-law, 77, did not recognize him due to his disguise – a costume mask in the likeness of Donald Trump, a Santa hat and a white, curly faux beard.
The victim met the suspect outside, and reportedly refused to take the package from the suspect, deeming the whole situation suspicious.
Jacinth was also carrying a gun in a duffle bag, and shot the victim after he refused the package. When the victim turned to run back into his house, Jacinth shot him again, authorities said.
The victim was quickly taken to the hospital where he is in serious, but stable condition. His injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
Authorities were able to capture Jacinth minutes later with the help of a photo the victim snapped on his phone.
"Even though the victim was suffering from two gunshot wounds, he was still able to take a photo of Jacinth getting into his vehicle as he was fleeing," police said.
The victim's wife called police and officers were able to administer aid to the victim, as well as corner Jacinth, who was driving nearby.
Police found a .380 handgun in a duffle bag, as well as the costume mask and beard in the suspect's car, authorities said.
Jacinth is reportedly estranged from his brother-in-law and lives in Las Vegas, the department said.
It's unclear at this time what prompted the shooting.
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