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Rubio attack: Second suspect arrested, police say he confronted victim because he was a Republican

Rubio attack: Second suspect arrested, police say he confronted victim because he was a Republican

Police in Hialeah, Florida have arrested a second suspect in the alleged attack on a stockholder for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., which happened on Sunday evening.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by Fox News Digital, Jonathan Alexander Casanova joined Javier Lopez in attacking the evaluator. The document also states that the interrogator told police that Casanova told him he could not pass through the area because he was a republican.

“After working tirelessly to bring justice for the victim, Hialeah police detectives arrested and charged Jonathan Alexander Casanova for the assault that occurred on Sunday, October 23, 2022,” said Sgt. Jose Torres said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

The arrest affidavit said the victim — who has since been identified by local media as Chris Monzon — was walking through the neighborhood handing out fliers for Rubio and Gov. Ron DeSantis when Casanova and Lopez blocked the sidewalk. After the argument, the affidavit says, Lopez “chased the victim and threw him to the ground,” and then Casanova “began hitting the victim on the head while he was on the ground.” As Casanova kicked him, Lopez hit Monzon in the head, police said.

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Jonathan Casanova Arrested in Connection with Attack on Senator Marco Rubio Shareholder (Hialeah Police Department)

Jonathan Casanova Arrested in Connection with Attack on Senator Marco Rubio Shareholder (Hialeah Police Department)

The affidavit says the witness then pulled Casanova from Monzon, and then Casanova released two German shepherds from his car and walked with them to Monzon, who was on the ground, and “began giving commands to the dogs to attack and bite” him. .

A police document says neighbors eventually separated everyone involved, but Casanova got away before the police arrived at the scene.

Video of suspect Javier Lopez, arrested for allegedly assaulting shareholder Senator Marco Rubio (Hialeah Police Department)

Video of suspect Javier Lopez, arrested for allegedly assaulting shareholder Senator Marco Rubio (Hialeah Police Department)
(Hialeah Police Department)

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The affidavit says Lopez identified Casanova to police, and Monzon later identified Casanova through a photo shoot. Monzon also gave a videotaped affidavit, when he said Casanova told him he couldn’t pass because he was a Republican and threatened to have the dogs attack him.

Monzon said in the statement that he tried to visit Casanova and Lopez, but that Casanova then told him that he was not allowed to walk in the neighborhood and threatened to shoot him if he continued. Monzon said at the time that it was on public domain.

According to the affidavit, surveillance video corroborated Monzon’s “sequence of events.”

It also stated that Monzon suffered a fractured orbital bone, “nasal/sinus fractures” and “other underlying injuries.”

Torres said “intelligence gathered by detectives” led police to locate Casanova in a park in miami beach, where they arrested him.

(Credit: @marcorubio/ Twitter)

The incident gained national attention after Rubio tweeted about it on Monday. The GOP senator said at the time that the assassin was attacked by “4 animals.” It’s unclear if that meant more suspects were believed to be involved or if it referred to Lopez, Casanova and the two dogs.

Asked by Fox News if police were investigating any other suspects, Torres said their “investigation continues.”

“Detectives are awaiting statements from other witnesses and video footage. We want to make sure that every person involved in the beating is brought to justice,” Torres said.

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Rubio’s tweet also said the alleged attackers said Republicans were not allowed in their neighborhood. Police initially said they had not determined whether the attack was politically motivated, and Lopez’s arrest affidavit made no mention of political parties.

Monzon’s statement, as described in Casanova’s statement, appears to support Rubio’s description of the attack as politically motivated, at least as far as Casanova is concerned. Lopez’s mother told the Miami Herald on Tuesday that her son had never voted and that what happened was unrelated to politics.



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