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Marco Rubio says campaign volunteer was 'brutally attacked' while canvassing for him in Florida

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Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said that one of his campaign volunteers was "brutally attacked" while canvassing for him Sunday.

Rubio tweeted about the incident Monday and posted photographs of the man who was attacked.

"Last night one of our canvassers wearing my T-shirt and a Desantis hat was brutally attacked by 4 animals who told him Republicans weren’t allowed in their neighborhood in #Hialeah," Rubio tweeted.

"He suffered internal bleeding, a broken jaw & will need facial reconstructive surgery," Rubio added.

The Hialeah Police Department later arrested a suspect in the attack and identified him as 22-year-old Javier Jesus Lopez.

An arrest report said Lopez told the victim that he should not be passing out flyers in his neighborhood at about 6:30 p.m on Sunday. When the victim responded that he was on public property, the two got into a verbal dispute. Lopez then allegedly rushed the victim, threw him on the ground, and punched him repeatedly.

The victim suffered severe swelling and bruising — to the point that his eye was completely shut from swelling. He also had “severe swelling [around] and bleeding” from his mouth. He was treated by the Hialeah Fire Department.

While Lopez allegedly fled the scene, police later arrested him and charged him with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. He was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

Hialeah Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Jose Torres said Lopez was on a felony bond from a burglary charge and other incidents when the attack occurred.

He also said there was no indication the attack was politically motivated but added that the investigation is ongoing. The arrest report said that someone else had kicked Lopez in the face during the altercation.

Police are looking for two other people who might be involved in the attack.

Here's more about the attack in Florida:

Republican campaign worker attacked in Florida | John Bachman Nowwww.youtube.com

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