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Man arrested for assaulting Gov. Newsom in Oakland

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(OAKLAND, Calif.) Authorities arrested a 54-year-old man Thursday after he allegedly assaulted California Gov. Gavin Newson in Downtown Oakland, East Bay Times reports.

The assault occurred outside of Beastmode Barbershop and Graffiti Pizza on Washington Street in Old Oakland. The governor was in Oakland to promote support for small businesses.

The California Highway Patrol issued a statement saying, “This morning, the Governor was approached by an aggressive individual. Members of the Governor’s security detail removed the Governor from the situation and the individual was arrested by CHP officers.”

The CHP provides security for the governor and said that the alleged assault involved water being thrown at the governor.

Witnesses said they heard a commotion and saw officers detaining the man but said that Newson looked unphased by the incident.

Officers say the man is a Berkeley resident and he’s since been booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. His bail has been set at $35,000.

He is scheduled to appear before a judge for an arraignment hearing Monday. The incident is still under investigation.

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