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Police file charges against Florida man involved in polling place confrontation

Police in Jupiter, Fla., have filed charges against a man who they say “exchanged words” with a Trump supporter and ended up getting sprayed with mace.

Jupiter Police Sgt. Bradley Vince said his department got “several 911 calls” shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday about an altercation in the parking lot in front of a polling place that is very near the police department.

Vince said that Thomas Garrecht and Donna Tatlici “engaged in some name calling” as Garrecht was walking in to vote. Vince said Garrecht, 52, had more heated words with Tatlici, who was holding a Donald Trump sign, after he voted.

“He got so close to her that he put her in fear for her safety, at which time she sprayed him with mace,” Vince said.

He said fire rescue workers treated Tatlici, 58, for a small abrasion on her shoulder, and treated Garrecht for exposure to mace.

Garrecht wasn’t arrested, but Vince said the department would file charges of assault and battery against him with the Palm Beach County state attorneys office.

Jupiter police filed similar charges against former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in March. In that incident, a reporter for Breitbart news said that Lewandowski had forcibly grabbed her arm. The Palm Beach County state attorneys office dropped the charges a month later.

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