Lefty Arrested and Charged with a Misdemeanor After Throwing a Glass of Water at Rep. Steve King

March 24, 2019
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According to the Fort Dodge Police Department, Steve King was enjoying a group lunch around noon when a man, Blake Gibbins, approached his table and in turn asking about his identity.

Soon after all this took place, according to the statement, Gibbins proceded to throw a glass of water at Rep. Steve King, the others also present were hit.

“When officers arrived on scene, they discovered the intended victim, United States Representative Steve King, was having a group lunch when an unknown male approached their table.”

“The male approached Mr. King, inquired as to his identity, and ultimately threw a glass of water on Mr. King,” the statement from police says. “Others having lunch with Mr. King were also struck. Based on witness information, it is believed Mr. King was specifically targeted due to his position as a United States Representative.”

According to Washington Post:

Blake Gibbins, 26, of Lafayette, Colo., was in Fort Dodge, Iowa, visiting family, according to a news release from the local police. Gibbins approached the table around 12:30 p.m. Friday where King and others were eating and asked the congressman if he was the Steve King.

When King said, “Yes,” Gibbins threw a glass of water on the lawmaker, Fort Dodge police said.

The act was politically motivated, authorities said, but did not elaborate.

King and another man who was hit with the water, Burlyn Pecoy of Fort Dodge, were not injured.

Gibbins was arrested and charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors, police said.

Gibbins did not return a request for comment. Neither did King’s office.

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