Man With Switchblade Ranting About Trump Attempts to Stab GOP Candidate Running Against Rep. Swalwell
Photo: Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
Over the weekend a man, ranting about President Donald Trump and Republicans at Castro Valley Fall Festival in Alameda County, California, pulled out a switchblade and tried to stab Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters, who is running against Rep. Eric Swalwell. CBS affiliate KPIX in San Francisco reports that no one was injured, although there was a physical altercation between the suspect, Farzad Fazeli, and the candidate.
Rep. Swalwell tweeted about the incident on Tuesday.
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.
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) September 11, 2018
The Castro Valley News posted first about the incident on Facebook.
Republican Rudy Peters running for Congress was attacked by a man passing by his booth at the Fall Festival.
According to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, 35-year old Castro Valley resident Farzad Fazeli walked past Peters info booth making disparaging and profanity laden political remarks about Donald Trump. Fazeli then became aggressive and reached for a concealed switchblade to stab Peters while making threats.
A struggle ensued with Peters grabbing an election sign for protection. During the altercation, the switchblade malfunctioned and the blade did not extend.
Fazeli has been arrested.
The GOP candidate, Peters, is a supporter of President Trump, and his campaign is emphasizes that support.
[Featured image via Alameda County Sheriff’s Office]
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