Allie Koralik is a non-binary, transgender resident of Long Branch, NJ. Koralik was making signs Sunday at a gallery on the boardwalk in Asbury Park for a Stand Against Hate rally when they were approached by Morris May, 22 of Scotch Plains and his 20-year-old brother, who were carrying a Trump 2020 sign.
My brother and I are both hard-core conservatives I support three things: liberty, free speech and the Republican Party.
An argument ensued and then Morris May sprayed pepper spray in Koralik's face.
May acknowledged that he used the pepper spray, but did so in self-defense. May believes that leftist activists are more prone to violence than right-wingers, so he carried pepper spray to protect himself, he said.
I did do that. This person, I don't know if it was a woman or a man, came up to me and violated my personal space. She called me a Nazi and began screaming in my face. I told her to backup and I gave her one last warning before I sprayed it on her or it.
He was saying, 'I hate liberals, I hate you people. You're trying to take away our rights rights." When I asked him 'what rights?' He had no answer.
May said he was read his Miranda rights and questioned by police. After being charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, he was released after about six hours in police custody. Both charges are indictable offenses, according to May.
May was apparently happy with the attention he received, however. On Monday afternoon, he posted on his Facebook page, "Got myself an interview on NJ 101.5," a radio station on the FM dial.
May would not say whether he would plead not guilty when he has his first court appearance on Oct. 17, or whether he planned to hire a lawyer.
His father is Chinese and his mother Jewish so he can't be a Nazi, he said. Although he is acquainted with Judaism, he considers himself a Christian who follows the Greek Orthodox church.