A Massachusetts Army National Guardsman is in trouble after pursuing a bus and confronting what he thought were migrants.
Lt. Col. Christopher Hoffman, 51, reportedly chased after a bus and filmed it because he thought the coach was full of migrants being sent to Cape Cod by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The incident took place on September 19 and began after Hoffman noticed the bus was coming from Florida.
When the bus reached a hotel, LTC Hoffman confronted the passengers and an altercation ensued.
“He thought there were immigrants on the bus,” said Michael Vaughn, who owns Mikes Limousine, a Tallahassee-based transportation. “He was totally wrong.”
Vaughn noted that Hoffman rode his bumper the whole way to the hotel.
“He was literally five feet off my bumper,” said Vaughn, “He wouldn’t leave me.”
According to the Cape Cod Times, Vaughn was driving 37 senior citizens from Memphis, Tennessee, to Cape Cod.
“He harassed us to death,” said Vaughn. “Everybody was scared to death.”
While police were called, no criminal charges have been filed.
The Massachusetts Army National Guard denounced the lieutenant colonel in a statement.
“The Massachusetts National Guard considers the conduct of this soldier to be inappropriate and inconsistent with our military values,” Col. Mark Kalin, Commander, Massachusetts Army National Guard, said in a statement to the Times. “We are currently working to ensure our service member is evaluated and receives any services he may need, while also reviewing appropriate disciplinary actions. The incident is currently under investigation and no further information is available at this time.”
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