Law enforcement officials arrested a man they claim was driving a van through a tent in a Walmart parking lot Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida, where volunteers from the Trump campaign were registering people to vote.
Gregory Timm was arrested by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the office said in a series of tweets early Sunday. He is facing charges of aggravated assault, criminal mischief and driving on a driver’s license revoked.
The local sheriff’s office is investigating whether there was the political motivation for the incident. No injuries were reported.
According to the Duval County Republican Party and Trump reelection campaign, six Trump campaign volunteers say that they were threatened when getting out the vote.
Lt. Larry Gayle of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office told CNN affiliate WJXT that he had recorded a video at some point after the man driving the van had stopped, and “flipped off” the people inside the tent before driving away.
CNN has reached for comment at the sheriff’s office.
“If that is politically motivated, we don’t know,” Gayle told WJXT.
The Duval County GOP, in a series of tweets, claims a brown and gold van driven by a man raced toward a crowd of volunteers in a tent registering voters at about 2:45 p.m. The group said the volunteers narrowly avoided injury after the van struck a table through the shelter.
Mayor Lenny Curry of Jacksonville called the incident “outrageous” and said the “hate is toxic and dangerous.” Although the motive of the incident was not known by the police, members of the GOP, including President Donald Trump, were quick to weigh in on social media.
Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh wrote in a Saturday tweet, “This is reckless bullying and somebody might easily have been killed.” Trump wrote in a Saturday tweet, “Law Enforcement has been informed.
The Duval County Democratic Party president has also issued a statement condemning the attack.
“The Democratic Party of Duval County rejects the shameful act of violence,” Daniel Henry wrote.
“No one’s life should be put at risk for exercising their first right to freedom. As Democrats, but more importantly, as residents of this great city of Jacksonville, we call on our fellow citizens to behave with integrity, civility and respect for one another during this election cycle and beyond.
Sen. Rick Scott of the Florida Republican posted on Twitter that he was grateful that no one was injured.
“This seems to be a politically motivated attack on hard-working volunteers in Duval County. Luckily, no one has been injured. @DuvalGOP will not be silenced or bullied, and they will redouble their efforts to help strong Republicans in NE Florida and around the state!”
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio reiterated those words in a tweet, “Thank God that in today’s politically motivated attack on @DuvalGOP volunteers today no one was hurt.”