Arrest made after break-in at Democrat Katie Hobbs’ campaign headquarters

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Police said Thursday they made an arrest in connection with a break-in at the campaign headquarters of Katie Hobbs, the Democratic candidate for governor of Arizona.

“An arrest has been made in relation to a commercial break-in that occurred near Virginia Avenue and Central Avenue on Oct. 25, 2022. More information will be released later today,” the Phoenix Police Department said in a statement.

Hobbs’ campaign confirmed to NBC News that it had been notified of the arrest. The campaign does not provide details about what it believes was stolen.

Hobbs’ campaign manager, Nicole DeMont, said the campaign “will continue to cooperate” with police as the investigation progresses.

She also responded to Hobbs’ GOP opponent Kari Lake, who suggested the break-in was staged.

“Kari Lake’s outrageous claim that this burglary was staged is unfounded and her refusal to condemn the threats that have become commonplace in our politics continues to cause chaos,” she said in a statement.

Asked at an event Wednesday about the break-in, Lake told CNN, “It sounds like a Jussie Smollett part two,” a reference to the actor committing a fake crime against himself in 2019.

Lake’s campaign later confirmed her quote to NBC News.

Katie Hobbs, right, at a press conference outside the Evo A. DeConcini US Courthouse on October 7, 2022 in Tucson, Ariz.Mario Tama / Getty Images

A police spokesperson said on Wednesday that officers responded to a call about a burglary on Tuesday afternoon and determined that items were taken from the office on Monday evening.

Democrats were quick to point the finger at Lake, who is backed by Trump, claiming she was directly responsible for the break-in.

“Make no mistake — this is a direct result of Kari Lake and fringe Republicans spreading lies and hatred and inciting violence — and it’s despicable,” the Arizona Democratic Party said. said in a statement Wednesday.

The break-in comes amid reports of voter intimidation in Arizona, where Hobbs, as Secretary of State, is the top election official. On Monday, her office said it had referred more cases to the attorney general’s office and the US Department of Justice for further investigation.

In a statement Wednesday, Hobbs’ campaign linked reports of alleged voter intimidation to Lake and other election deniers.

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

She added that “Hobbs and her staff have endured hundreds of death threats and threats of violence over the course of this campaign.”


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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