By CHRIS ENLOE | October 28, 2022
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Katie Hobbs, the Democratic candidate for governor in Arizona, blamed her challenger, Republican Kari Lake, for a break-in at her campaign headquarters this week.
But police caught the individual they say is responsible for the crime — and he is not connected to Lake’s campaign.
After an individual broke into Hobbs’ campaign office and stole several electronic items, Hobbs accused Lake of inciting threats that culminated in the break-in.
“Let’s be clear: for nearly two years Kari Lake and her allies have been spreading dangerous misinformation and inciting threats against anyone they see fit,” the Hobbs campaign said in a statement.
“The threats against Arizonans attempting to exercise their constitutional rights and their attacks on elected officials are the direct result of a concerted campaign of lies and intimidation,” the statement added.
On Thursday, police arrested 36-year-old Daniel Mota Dos Reis for the burglary. He was identified via surveillance footage and was already in jail for a separate commercial burglary.
“On the night of October 26th, a patrol officer viewed a news story displaying a released image of the surveillance video. The officer recognized the man in the image as a suspect that was arrested earlier in the day for another unrelated commercial burglary,” police said in a press release. “The officer researched the arrest and learned the suspect, 36-year-old Daniel Mota Dos Reis, was still in jail but would soon be released. The officer contacted the jail and was able to re-arrest Dos Reis.”
Reis was booked on one count of third-degree burglary.
Prior to the arrest, Lake condemned Hobbs’ accusations.
“That is absolutely absurd. It sounds like a Jussie Smollett part two. You’re going to drag the people through something like this?” Lake said when asked by the media about the accusation.
“I can’t believe she would blame my amazing people, blame me for something like that,” Lake also said. “I don’t even know where her campaign office is. I’m assuming it’s in a basement somewhere, because that’s where she’s been campaigning. You guys are despicable for falling into that trap.”
The break-in, and Hobbs’ accusations, came after a new poll showed that Lake is leading Hobbs by double digits.