A man who drove his car through a crowd of marchers at a California illegal immigrant rights rally was arrested Thursday, according to reports.
Daniel Wenzek, 56, was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon. He was later released pending results of the investigation.
Shocking video footage from Thursday afternoon shows one protester jumping on the hood as protesters throw objects and beat the vehicle with their fists and objects as the car lurched forward and then stopped.
Brea Police Chief Jack Conklin said none of the demonstrators were hurt following the incident. However, SEIU United Service Workers West said six people were taken to a hospital for evaluation.
The union, which helped organize the protest, and its president, David Huerta, said four union members and two staff were “victims of what appears to be a deliberate and hateful crime.”
However, the police said otherwise. They stated that they did not know why the man drove through the intersection where people were gathered. The auto can be heard constantly honking and seen pushing through the crowd that was marching towards the sidewalk
“I think he was trying to get through the crowd,’ Lt. Adam Hawley said. ‘We don’t have any indication he was trying to harm somebody.”
Records show Wenzek was convicted in 2006 of committing lewd acts against a child under 14.