HIALEAH, Fla. – Officials with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office released surveillance video Wednesday showing last month’s violent attack on a canvasser for Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in Hialeah.
Documents obtained by Local 10 News showed Monzon had been paid nearly $1500 per week for about eight weeks to canvass for Republican candidates.
The case gained national attention after Rubio highlighted it in a tweet the following day.
While Hialeah police initially said there was “no indication” of a political motive in the attack, Monzon later told officers in a sworn statement that 27-year-old Jonathan Casanova told him he “couldn’t pass through because he was a Republican and his dogs were ready to attack,” police later said.
Police also arrested 25-year-old Javier Lopez.
In an interview with the Miami Herald, Lopez’s mother denied a political motive, saying “My son doesn’t know anything about politics. He likes fishing … My son has never voted.”
Rubio criticized the newspaper’s reporting on the incident, saying “When a Republican volunteer is savagely beaten the traditional media treats the victim as the criminal and the criminal as a nice young man who likes fishing and just made a mistake.”
The senator was alluding to coverage of Monzon’s past ties to white nationalist groups.
Both Lopez and Casanova are facing aggravated battery charges.