Alexander Downing, 35, of Waterford, Connecticut, was charged with public intoxication following the May 3 incident in South Padre Islan. He was arrested after going on a vicious tirade slamming Muslim family on
a Texas beach. Fourteen members of the family were on weeklong reunion in South Padre Island when the man approached them.
“You’re a fucking Muslim, motherfucker,” the man says at one point in front of the family, which included children playing on the beach just feet away. “You will never ever, ever stop me, my Christianity,” the
man says, “from rising above your sharia law. Your sharia law don’t mean shit to me.”
Downing then began ranting for the family to beware of President Donald Trump.
“My country is the greatest country in the world,” Downing screams. He then begins to thump his chest repeatedly with his fists, while shouting, “Come fuck with Donald Trump. That’s my motherfucking president!”
The video, which was captured by Noria Alward, 19, and posted on YouTube, shows Downing, intoxicated, approaching the family in an aggressive manner — repeatedly shouting obscenities and veiled threats while
pointing his finger in their faces.
The family said Downing interrupted them with his hate-fueled rant as they were enjoying a day at the beach together.
“We were staying at the South Padre Pearl hotel and went to the beach through their private access,” a description of the 5-minute video reads. “My father was approached by two [women] who were also enjoying
their time. The women asked him to help with talking to a stranger who was harassing them. All my father said to the guy was, ‘Please enjoy your time and have fun and let everyone else here enjoy their time.’ The
guy seemed to listen and walked away. He then came back to my father and started throwing racist comments.”
A relative who was at the beach during the incident told that Downing should also face charges for indecency for grabbing his crotch and telling the group to “suck my d–k” in front of several young children.
The incident report states that he was arrested for public intoxication and the responding officer “determined that he was intoxicated in a public place and was a danger to himself and others.”