By Jon Dougherty
Police at the University of California-Berkeley have arrested a man accused of attacking and beating a conservative activist on campus last month.
The university’s public affairs department said in a statement that police arrested Zachary Greenberg, 28, about 1 p.m. Friday after a judge issued an arrest warrant in the February 19 attack on Hayden Williams.
Arrest records from the local sheriff’s department say that Greenberg was charged with assaulting Williams with a deadly weapon and attempting to cause him great bodily harm.
His arrest came on the same day that authorities made a decision to reopen an investigation which they had concluded a week earlier.
Williams, 26, is not a student at the university. He is a field representative for The Leadership Institute, a conservative organization that was on campus to recruit members. Reports said while staffing a table, he was approached by two men who, he said, were antagonistic towards him after reacting to his signs.
The recruitment table was knocked over and signs were ripped, according to a UC-Berkeley alert on its website, and one of the men reportedly punched Williams several times.
In an interview last week with Fox News, Williams also said his attacker also threatened to shoot him.
KPIX posted a picture of Greenberg:
UC Berkeley police say they arrested Zachary Greenberg. He’s suspected of assaulting a conservative activist on campus last month. #kpix #pixnow #ucberkeley #cal #berkeley https://t.co/uV9xvlYFfu pic.twitter.com/DQjbzXADuw
— KPIX 5 (@KPIXtv) March 2, 2019
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Greenberg was identified as the suspect who punched Williams several times.
Charlie Kirk, founder and president of Turning Point USA, issued a statement after Greenberg’s arrest calling the evidence in this case “incontrovertible.”
“Today, we have finally learned the identity of the attacker and that the violent man has been arrested. While every America should be afforded their due process, we believe that the video evidence, in this case, is incontrovertible,” Kirk said.
“We hope 28-year-old Zachary Greenberg is prosecuted to the full extent of the law for assault with a deadly weapon, which should be considered an act of hate. Hopefully, this dark chapter will act as a wake-up call to those concerned about actual politically motivated hate crimes in America.
“Berkeley and all college campuses across American should be safe havens for free thought and opinions — especially for a targeted conservative minority,” his statement read.
Greenberg, reports noted, is being held on $30,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
Greenberg’s attack on a conservative Trump supporter is just the latest in a rash of such attacks, and yet the Left continues to pretend there’s nothing to see here. It’s incidents like these, however, that many believe will eventually lead to a widespread backlash and uncontrollable civil disorder.
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