California Gov. Gavin Newsom was reportedly approached in an aggressive manner by a man in Oakland on Friday, with authorities arresting the individual and charging him with assault.
The California Highway Patrol confirmed in a statement to Fox News that Newsom was approached by an “aggressive individual,” and his security team removed him from the situation. The agency is investigating the incident.
OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 17: One of Governor Newsom’s security detail detains a man after he allegedly assaulted the California Governor during a visit to a small business in the seven hundred block of Washington Street in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 17, 2021. “Members of the Governor”u2019s security detail removed the Governor from the situation and the individual was arrested by CHP officers,”u201d the CHP, which provides security for the governor, said in a statement. (Photo by Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/East Bay Times via Getty Images)
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The East Bay Times reported that the 54-year-old man allegedly threw a water bottle at the governor. He was booked on suspicion of resisting an executive officer and assaulting a public official.
The individual, from Berkeley, California, was arrested by CHP officers and booked at Santa Rita jail, a spokesperson for CHP said.
A spokesperson for Newsom’s office did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
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The East Bay Times reported that the governor appeared to be okay after the incident, even joking with reporters that “people have different ways of saying hello.”
The publication noted that Newsom was in Oakland to promote small businesses in the area.