Arizona Democratic congressional candidate Greg Stanton was robbed Saturday outside a Thai restaurant in Phoenix by a man brandishing a hatchet-like weapon but has said he is fine, according to The Arizona Republic.
Police do not have a suspect, but Stanton believes the robbery was “a random act,” the newspaper reported.
Stanton, a former mayor of Phoenix who is running to replace Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona’s 9th District, was dining alone Saturday at one of his favorite restaurants, Thai Rama.
Because the restaurant parking lot was full, Stanton had parked on the street. When he returned to his car following his dinner, he was approached by a man asking him for money.
“I assumed he was probably going through a difficult time — experiencing homelessness — and was going to ask for money,” Stanton told the Republic. “I will often provide them with resources.”
Stanton said he was happy to give him a few bucks, but then the man asked him to cross the street to a darker area. That’s when Stanton noticed the man was carrying a hatchet-like weapon, he said.
He told the man to take his wallet, ran back to the restaurant, and called police. By the time officers arrived, the man had left.
“The main thing is I’m OK,” Stanton told the newspaper. “I’m a public servant, so there wasn’t much money in my wallet.”
Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, co-chairman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, will be in Arizona on Monday to campaign with Stanton.
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