Police Arrest Man They Say Hit Protesters At Trump Rally In NC

An unidentified man, left, confronts a demonstrator during remarks by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in Asheville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Police have arrested an apparent Donald Trump supporter who allegedly got into a physical altercation with protesters inside of Trump’s rally Monday night in Asheville, North Carolina, local TV station WLOS reported.

The warrant for Thomas Vellanti, Jr. was issued after several media outlets circulated video that appears to show Vellanti hitting several protesters before being escorted out of the arena. He turned himself in on Tuesday afternoon, according to WLOS.

“We are aware of the additional assault that took place inside of the venue during the rally that is depicted in a video being circulated on social media and on several media outlets,” a statement from Asheville police read, according to the report. “During the incident the victim and witnesses were escorted out of the rally by the Secret Service and Trump’s private security. This morning the Asheville Police Department followed up on the incident and obtained warrants for the suspect, Thomas Vellanti Jr.”

Police also said a South Carolina man named Richard L. Campbell allegedly assaulted a woman outside the venue and issued a warrant for that man, WLOS reported.

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    One down a basket full to go.

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  2. I guess now Donald will pay their legal defense fees, just like he promised.

  3. I’m sorry but every time I see this picture I can’t get John Lithgow’s World According to Garp out of my head. Could that really be John in a wig on the right?

  4. Yeah; just like all those charities he pledged donations for and then stiffed…

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