A Florida man was arrested after allegedly driving his vehicle into a Republican voter registration tent in Jacksonville on Saturday, according to local officials and the county GOP office, which said that the suspect intentionally targeted the tent in what may be an act of politically motivated violence.
Gregory William Loel Timm, 27, was identified as the suspect in the case, according to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office. Timm is accused of driving a van through a tent where workers were trying to register voters.
He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a person over the age of 65, criminal mischief, and driving with a suspended license, said the sheriffs office. The office wrote that a dispute was reported around a Walmart store on Atlantic Boulevard, and when police responded, victims said he drove a van through the tent.
The Republican Party of Duval County, in a statement, said that six Trump campaign volunteers were “intentionally targeted while registering voters.” It added: “Thankfully, Republican volunteers narrowly avoided being struck by the accelerating van. The driver sped away after making an obscene gesture toward the crowd.”
The GOP organization said it will “redouble” its efforts in the area to aid President Donald Trumps reelection campaign.
“We are outraged by this senseless act of violence toward our great volunteers,” said Duval GOP Chairman Dean Black in a statement. “The Republican Party of Duval County will not be intimidated by these cowards and we will not be silenced. I call on every Republican in our great city to stand up, get involved, and show these radicals that we will not be intimidated from exercising our Constitutional rights.”
Photos posted on the partys Facebook page and Twitter accounts showed a destroyed tent, toppled tables, and scattered Trump signs in a parking lot.