A woman from Palo Alto who harassed a man wearing a MAGA hat is missing


Rebecca Parker Mankey, the woman who faced a 74-year-old man wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat inside a Starbucks from Palo Alto, was reportedly missing by the authorities.

According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, Mankey would not have returned home to Palo Alto after a trip to Lake Country, and would likely be in Aberdeen, Washington State.

The Aberdeen Police Department is assisting the Lake County Sheriff's Office in trying to locate Mankey, whose cellphone information has placed it near Aberdeen around 9 am Friday.

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Melissa Demyan, a friend of Mankey's, wrote on Facebook Friday that more than 24 hours had passed since anyone had heard from her.

"My friend Parker is gone," she wrote. "It's been over 24 hours since anyone saw or heard about it, I saw her for the last time when she was leaving Lake County to go home yesterday …" Parker, if you're reading this: we love you so much and we want to know you're safe, let us know you're fine! "

Mankey caught the attention of national media when she rebuked a man inside a Palo Alto Starbucks for wearing a MAGA hat. She also wrote in a message on Facebook that she had "been ordering all the Starbucks and screaming her".

"He will never forget me and will seriously think about wearing this hat in my city," she wrote. "If you see him in this hat, please confront him, you do not want to be the person who did not speak while we went to fascism."

She ended up losing her job at a nearby music store due to the incident and has since received a number of online threats.

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Mankey was also a co-chair of the Bayshore Progressive Democrats Group, a group of "Berniecrats for the political revolution in the region around Palo Alto, Mountain View and Sunnyvale".

After the incident, the group wrote on Facebook that Mankey had resigned and that his family was receiving death threats and "other threats of injury and harm."

"Because of the publicity surrounding her actions, she and her family members have now been sentenced (revealed personal contacts to encourage threats and harassment) on right-wing social networks and Internet channels," did they write. "She and her family have received multiple death threats and other threats of injury and harm and are losing their jobs."

The group also wrote that Mankey's actions "did not follow these principles and did not reflect the political philosophy and approach of our organization".

Mankey drives a 2010 Honda Accord black with 8INB004 license plate. Anyone with information about where they are is encouraged to call (707) 263-2690.

Eric Ting is a personal editor of SFGATE. Send him an e-mail to [email protected] and follow him on Twitter

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