TEMPE, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - An altercation between supporters of President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren caused controversy during a town hall meeting in Arizona late Thursday, Aug. 1.
Warren was in Tempe for the town hall at the Marquee Theater.
Witnesses told KOLD News 13′s Melissa Egan several Trump supporters, who are part of the group AZ Patriots, showed up to the event.
Witnesses accused the Trump supporters of yelling at people, making comment and stirring up trouble. As they were being escorted out by security, 29-year-old Kristian Doak, a Warren supporter, lunged at members of the AZ Patriots.
“Warren’s campaign approached us and was very rude and held their signs completely over our faces,” said Jennifer Harrison with AZ Patriots. “This animal over here lunged after us, tried to grab our phone from my partner’s hands."
Captured on cell phone video, Egan watched security guards promptly escort the small group to exit the building. As they were removed, guards escorted Doak out as well.
As Doak was being dragged out by security, he allegedly tried to hit one of the AZ Patriots again.
“Once he [the man escorted out] saw me, he stood up and tried to lunge after a woman to strike me with his fist," Harrison said.
Once outside, Tempe Police officers talked to everyone involved in the incident. Doak, who was put in handcuffs, yelled over to the AZ Patriots group that he didn’t assault anyone.
The Tempe Police Department said Doak was arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct.
KOLD News 13 reached out to the Warren campaign for a comment on the situation. A member of the Massachusetts senator’s campaign said they did not have a comment.