UPDATED 11:03 AM PT — Sunday, February 9, 2020
Florida police took 27-year-old Gregory Timm into custody on Saturday in connection with what may have been an attack on Trump supporters. He was charged with aggravated assault just hours after he allegedly drove his van into a Republican voter registration tent.
#JSO has arrested the suspect who drove through the voter registration tent in the area of 11900 Atlantic Boulevard.
Gregory Timm has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Criminal Mischief, and Driving While Driver’s License Suspended. pic.twitter.com/zGKbR2VTg0
— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) February 9, 2020
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department, the tent was in a shopping center parking lot, where at least six Trump campaign volunteers were trying to help register new voters. Timm reportedly drove up and waved at the party, seeming friendly, before suddenly accelerating his car directly into them.
“I thought he was going to slow down, but he didn’t,” said one volunteer. “He gunned his engine and went straight.”
Luckily, no one was injured. However, witnesses said the driver came within inches of them.
“After he ran over everything, he backed up, took out a cellphone, kind of recorded the damage, made some obscene gestures at us and then proceeded to leave the complex,” explained another volunteer.
Today in Jacksonville, Florida six Trump Campaign volunteers were intentionally targeted while registering voters. pic.twitter.com/0wzaCYh5ut
— Duval County GOP (@DuvalGOP) February 8, 2020
Republican and Democrat officials alike have condemned what they’re calling a senseless act of violence.
“We are outraged by this senseless act of violence toward our great volunteers. The Republican Party of Duval County will not be intimidated by these cowards and we will not be silenced. I call on every Republican in our great city to stand up, get involved and show these radicals that we will not be intimidated from exercising our Constitutional rights.” – Dean Black, Duval County GOP Chairman
President Trump took to Twitter, warning “tough guys” to be careful who they “play with.”
Law Enforcement has been notified. Be careful tough guys who you play with! https://t.co/1Pq0hOrzy2
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2020
Sen. Marco Rubio also expressed relief that no one was hurt and called the incident a “politically motivated attack.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 8, 2020
However, the sheriff’s office has said the motive is still under investigation.
“I don’t know if he was just upset about something else or if it’s politically motivated,” stated Jacksonville Lieutenant Larry Gayle. “We’re obviously going to follow that up, we take that very seriously.”