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Suspect Arrested In Burglary At Katie Hobbs Gubernatorial Candidate Office In Arizona

Exploring the ‘Suspect Arrested In Burglary At Katie Hobbs Gubernatorial Candidate Office In Arizona’ Arizona’s current secretary of state, Katie Hobbs (D), has been the target of abuse and threats since she defended the 2020 presidential election, according to Phoenix Police, who made an arrest in a break-in at her gubernatorial campaign headquarters on Thursday.

Since former President Donald Trump tried to overturn his defeat in Arizona nearly two years ago, Hobbs reported a barrage of abuse from his supporters. One alleged bomb threat at her office led to an indictment of a Massachusetts resident. Now, as Hobbs is vying for Arizona governor against Trump-loyalist candidate Kari Lake, another crime report has been committed against her: a break-in at her campaign HQ.

Suspect Arrested In Burglary At Katie Hobbs Gubernatorial Candidate Office In Arizona
Arizona Secretary of State and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs (R) looks on as Kris Mayes (L), Democratic candidate for Arizona Attorney General, speaks at a press conference calling for abortion rights on Oct. 7, 2022, in Tucson, Arizona.

Suspect Arrested In Burglary At Katie Hobbs Gubernatorial Candidate Office In Arizona

The police released few details about the arrest and did not name the victim by name, in a tweet referring to the incident only by the cross-streets where it took place.

“An arrest has been made regarding a commercial burglary that occurred near Virginia Avenue and Central Avenue on October 25, 2022,” the department tweeted on Thursday. “More information will be released later today.”

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Hobbs’s staff did not immediately respond to Law&Crime’s text message seeking more details, but her campaign released a lengthy statement.

“Earlier this week, a break-in occurred at our campaign headquarters,” her campaign manager Nicole DeMont wrote. “We continue to cooperate with law enforcement as they investigate, and we are thankful to the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department for their work to keep us safe.”

Hobbs has been outspoken in attributing the barrage of harassment she has received to Trump supporters unhappy about her defense against the former president’s false claims of election fraud. She said in a subsequent interview on Law&Crime’s podcast Objections that those threats ratcheted up again during the so-called “forensic audit” of the election, which ultimately found reaffirmed President Joe Biden’s victory. She successfully defeated every legal challenge by Trump and his allies, who never proved — and in some instances, declined to even allege — fraud in court.

DeMont’s full statement on behalf of the gubernatorial hopeful is below.

“Secretary Hobbs and her staff have faced hundreds of death threats and threats of violence over the course of this campaign. Throughout this race, we have been clear that the safety of our staff and of the Secretary is our number one priority.

“Let’s be clear: for nearly two years Kari Lake and her allies have been spreading dangerous misinformation and inciting threats against anyone they see fit. The threats against Arizonans attempting to exercise their constitutional rights and their attacks on elected officials are the direct result of a concerted campaign of lies and intimidation.

“It won’t work. Katie is running for governor to ensure the safety and security of every Arizona family. She will win this race.”

Phoenix Police did not immediately supply a statement to Law&Crime, but a representative indicated that a media advisory would be released shortly.

[Image via Mario Tama/Getty Images]

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