On Thursday, June 30th in Sanford, Florida, 27-year-old Samuel Benjamin was arrested for assault by Sanford Police for allegedly striking another man who was volunteering for a local Republican congressional campaign.
The victim, who asked that we conceal his identity and claims to be a campaign volunteer for Republican congressional candidate Cory Mills, sent The Floridian a video of the incident that he recorded on his mobile phone.
In the video, the alleged victim is seen pulling up to Benjamin, who was standing in the center median of the street. The victim is heard asking his alleged assailant,” Is there a reason why you are tearing that sign down?”
Benjamin responded to the alleged victim with an expletive-filled and racially-charged verbal assault just as he appeared to punch the victim through his open car window.
“Move the f*ck on, old ass nigga. Take your phone and take your f*ck ass home,” said Benjamin.
In addition to the video, and in a series of texts, the victim stated that he was currently at the hospital in the emergency room waiting for a “CT scan and stitches,” adding that the assailant who struck him had been arrested by the Sanford Police
About an hour later, the victim updated his status, saying that medical personnel “glued” the cut he had behind his ear and had been referred to see a plastic surgeon Friday morning. Doctors said thåt because his ear swelled up, it would “need to be drained.”
Earlier in the day, this same person reached out to us to complain about how the campaign signs he was putting were either being stolen or vandalized.
It appears as if he may have caught the person vandalizing the signs red-handed.
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Both Scott Sturgill and Erika Benfield, two congressional candidates running in the same race, also acknowledge that their campaign signs have also been tampered with, or vandalized.
Sturgill recently posted a surveillance video of an individual tearing down two of his campaign signs.
According to Sanford Police arrest records, Benjamin was arrested for “Battery Touch or Strike” and given a $500 bond.
In response to our request for comment. Mr.Mills confirmed that the victim in this incident was a volunteer of his and adamantly denounced the assault, adding that because the individual reached into the vehicle, the alleged assailant could be facing a felony count of Burglary with Assault or Battery.
This story is developing…