Reports indicate that the suspect threw a bottle of water at Newsom.
Clearly, California Governor Gavin Newsom is not having a good year.
He is now facing a recall election after angering lockdown-weary California voters by violating his own COVD-restrictions during a meal at an exclusive French restaurant.
On Thursday, he was assaulted by a man during a visit to Oakland.
Newsom was in town to promote support for small businesses. Before stopping at Beastmode Barbershop and Graffiti Pizza, the governor came across the 54-year-old while walking on Washington Street in Old Oakland.
“This morning, the Governor was approached by an aggressive individual. Members of the Governor’s security detail removed the Governor from the situation and the individual was arrested by CHP officers,” the CHP, which provides security for the governor, said in a statement.
Reports indicated the man threw a bottle of water at Newsom.
That official statement doesn’t say anything about a bottle of water. But according to the East Bay Times, “law enforcement sources said the man allegedly threw a bottle of water at Newsom.”
The alleged Dasani assailant has not been identified, though the Times does have a photo of the suspect being arrested. Reporters did not witness the water bottle being thrown, so we do not have that glorious video, but the Times reports that afterwards Newsom “quipped that different people have different ways of saying hello.”
The suspect has been identified and bail has been set.
The suspect, who California Highway Patrol identified as 54-year-old Serge Emanuel Benoit Chaumette Jr., was arrested and booked at the Santa Rita Jail, the state patrol told The Hill, adding that the department was continuing to investigate the incident.
According to the Times, the man’s bail was set at $35,000 and he has an arraignment hearing scheduled for Monday at the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin, located about 23 miles east of downtown Oakland.
The man, who is reported to be homeless and suffering from metal illness, was arrested based on allegations of assaulting a public official and resisting an officer.
A woman who said she’s the suspect’s sister described him as a homeless man who suffers from mental illness. The allegations were “consistent with his past behavior,” she told Associated Press.
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