Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe says he was punched in the chest during a public event

ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) — Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe said he was punched in the chest after delivering a speech at a public event on Tuesday afternoon.

Thorpe says it happened at an event hosted by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce. He says that after he finished talking, a man approached him, possibly seeking confrontation. The man was asked to leave and when the mayor tried to walk away the man punched Thorpe in the chest.

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Thorpe says the man tried to hit him a second time, but bystanders intervened. Thorpe says he’s shaken up but he’s fine.

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“Violence has absolutely no place in public discourse and will never be tolerated. I hope this individual is arrested and prosecuted,” Thorpe said in a statement. “I would like to thank the bystanders who stepped in for putting their own safety at risk. Taking the risk to help me. I will never forget their kindness and support.”

Thorpe’s campaign aide Rolando Bonilla said the assault suspect took off.

Thorpe says he will attend the scheduled Antioch City Council meeting on Tuesday evening.

Stay with ABC7 News on this developing story.

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