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Ted Cruz hit with beer during Astros World Series parade in Houston; man arrested

The senator from Texas was not injured, police said. A defendant has been charged with aggravated assault.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was hit with a beer can during Monday's World Series victory parade for the Houston Astros, and charges were filed against a suspect Tuesday, authorities said.

Cruz was on a float at the 2400 block of Smith Street in Houston when the can was thrown, Houston police tweeted.

“The beer can struck the Senator in the chest/neck area,” police said, adding that he was not injured.

Cruz said on Twitter that the projectile was a can of White Claw, which calls its beverages "hard cider," a malt alcohol with a beer base that's also known as alcopop or malternative drinks.

In video of the incident posted on social media, boos can be heard coming from the parade crowd as Cruz drives by, standing in the back of a military style vehicle. A can hurtles toward his head, and people on the vehicle try to shield him from the projectile.

Police identified the suspect as Joseph Halm Arcidiacono, who was charged with aggravated assault.

Nov 7, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; State senator Ted Cruz (orange) waves to the crowd during the Houston Astros Championship Parade in Houston, TX.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, at the Houston Astros championship parade in Houston on Monday.Erik Williams / USA Today Sports

Harris County prosecutors alleged in court documents Tuesday that the defendant "threw two unopened twelve-ounce liquor cans at Senator Ted Cruz during the Astros championship parade, striking the senator and causing him pain; the defendant threw the two cans from approximately twenty feet away."

NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston, citing prosecutors, reported the suspect was about 15 feet from Cruz before he ran to a barrier and allegedly launched two sealed beverage cans. A witness grabbed him and held him for police, the station reported.

"I know, I’m an idiot," Arcidiacono said as he was detained, according to KPRC. "I’m sorry."

Prosecutors argued that he "used and exhibited a deadly weapon, namely an unopened metal beverage can," according to the documents. A judge approved bond of $40,000, which was posted.

It wasn't clear if Arcidiacono has obtained legal representation. The public defender's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A spokesperson for Cruz referred to a tweet he wrote after the incident.

"As always I’m thankful for the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their quick action," the senator said. "I’m also thankful that the clown who threw his White Claw had a noodle for an arm."

The Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Saturday in Game 6 of the World Series to take the championship for the second time in team history.