A California man is accused of attacking a Republican politician at a fair during an anti-Trump and anti-GOP rant. Farzad Fazeli was arrested after police say he threatened Rudy Peters, who is running for Congress against Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell
The 35-year-old Fazeli pulled out a “switchblade,” during the incident and tried to stab Peters, but the knife did not work, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. The incident occurred as Peters campaigned on September 9 at the Castro Valley Fall Festival, the sheriff’s office said.
“The knife malfunctioned and the victim became involved in a physical struggle with Fazeli,” Sergeant Ray Kelly said in a statement. Fazeli fled the scene but was detained a short time later by deputies. A switchblade knife was located on his person. … No serious injuries were reported as a result of the incident. The case has been forwarded to the District Attorney.” Fazeli has been charged with felony assault, criminal threats, brandishing a weapon and possession of a switchblade knife.
Peters, a 56-year-old businessman running for California’s 15th Congressional District seat, told the San Francisco Chronicle, “It’s a shame. People are just polarized right now, and this country’s divided and it’s just a mess. It shouldn’t be that way.”
Swalwell, his Democratic opponent, tweeted, “On Sunday, my opponent @PetersCongress was attacked at his campaign booth in Castro Valley. I’m glad to hear Mr. Peters is okay. But it’s NEVER okay to use violence to settle political disagreements (or any disagreement). Fortunately, @ACSOSheriffs arrested the suspect.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Peters Says Fazeli Was Screaming ‘F*ck Trump’ Before Attacking Him & the Republican Politician Says He Used a Campaign Sign as a Shield During the Altercation
The incident happened about 3:45 p.m. at the Castro Valley Fall Festival, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
“According to witness statements, Farzad Fazeli (35) approached the victim in an aggressive manner and made disparaging remarks about his political party and elected officials. During the incident, Fazeli is suspected to have pulled out a switchblade knife and attempted to stab the victim. The knife malfunctioned and the victim became involved in a physical struggle with Fazeli,” Sergeant Ray Kelly wrote. “Fazeli fled the scene but was detained a short time later by deputies. A switchblade knife was located on his person.”
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