Man Arrested in Alleged Switchblade Attack on GOP Congressional Candidate in Bay Area

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Farzad Fazeli is seen in a booking photo released Sept. 11, 2018, by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.
Farzad Fazeli is seen in a booking photo released Sept. 11, 2018, by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities have arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of trying to attack a Republican congressional candidate with a switchblade at a festival in Castro Valley.

The incident occurred at the Castro Valley Fall Festival about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, when the man approached Rudy Peters at his campaign booth and made disparaging remarks about his political party and elected officials, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

Peters is running against incumbent Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) to represent the 15th Congressional District.

The suspect — identified as Farzad Fazeli — pulled out a switchblade and tried to stab Peters, but the knife malfunctioned and a struggle ensued, the sheriff’s office said. Peters was not seriously injured.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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