Man with Knife Accosts Woman at Mesquite Polling Place over Campaign Signs
**This story was updated a couple of hours after the original publication, with two anonymously contributed photos.
At the largest voting precinct in Texas Senatorial District 2 yesterday, October 25, 2018, a man with a knife first accosted a woman and then, Dist. 2 Senator Bob Hall, as he used his knife to cut up and destroy Republican candidates’ campaign signs. There is a language warning clearly marked on Senator Hall’s Facebook video post, as seen below:
Lt. Stephen Biggs with the Mesquite Police Department verified that the police were called to the scene at the Lakeside Activity Center on Holley Park Drive, and that a woman saw a man trying to cut and remove signs.
There was a verbal confrontation between the woman in her car and the man with the knife, as she asked what he was doing. The man was cited for criminal mischief for littering, warned with criminal trespass, and told not to return to the polling location.
Statement from Senator Hall
“This is no longer about Republicans versus Democrats in the battle,” said Senator Hall in a telephone interview with The Northeast Texan, “This is good versus evil.”
Hall stated that he had chosen not to press charges against the man for threats and destroying his signs, but that the woman may yet decide to press charges.
Republican candidate for Texas House District 107 Deanna Metzger, made the following post on her Facebook page, and encouraged her supporters to get out and vote, despite the fact that it may be a little “crazy out here.”
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Timna Rutledge is the Publisher/Editor of The Northeast Texan.