Las Vegas — A Democratic operative for a group funded by billionaire business tycoon George Soros was arrested in Las Vegas on Tuesday and charged with battering a GOP campaign manager.
According to police reports, Wilfred Michael Stark III, 50, was arrested by Las Vegas City Marshals after he allegedly forcefully grabbed the arm of Kristin Davison, a female campaign manager for Nevada GOP gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt and assaulted her.
“He was arrested by our city marshals last night about 7 p.m. after Kristin Davison contacted them saying Mr. Stark had grabbed her by the arm and pushed her. The arrest is classified as a citizen’s arrest because the incident did not happen in the presence of the marshals,” the Marshal’s office said in a statement. The office said the incident was “an apparent result of an altercation involving Mr. Stark entering one of the rooms … and attempting to question Attorney General Adam Laxalt.”
Davison says the assault left her “terrified and traumatized” and with bruises on her neck and arms.
“Politics is a little bit aggressive these days, but this is just insane. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Davison, 31, told Fox News on Wednesday.
“We’re used to trackers, but this guy was very physical—pushing me, pushing into members of my staff, screaming,” Davison added. “This man was physically, almost body-checking me. I was getting nervous for my safety, so we left, and went into an open room.”
Davison told Fox News when she, Laxalt and two other male staffers went into the private room and closed the door, only to have it “burst open” moments later.
“Two male staffers were trying to hold him back. He was so aggressive, he looked like he was going to towards the candidate to physically harm him,” Davison said. “He grabbed my right arm, my leg was lodged between the door and the wall. He twisted my arm, and contorted it behind my back. I was scared. Every time I tried pulling away, he would grab tighter, and pull me closer into him.”
Stark was arrested on a similar charge earlier this year after police say he attacked the female press secretary for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
He currently remains in custody at the Las Vegas city jail.