Suspect arrested and identified after break-in at Katie Hobbs campaign headquarters

Campaign suggested Republican competitor may bear responsibility for the incident.

Updated: October 28, 2022 - 9:57am

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Police have arrested a suspect in the campaign headquarters break-in of Arizona Secretary of State and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs, media reports said on Thursday. 

Police in Phoenix "have made an arrest in the burglary at [the Hobbs] campaign office," Fox Phoenix reporter Melissa Sarbak wrote on Twitter on Thursday afternoon.

The identity of the alleged burglar is Daniel Mota Dos Reis, 36. According to a local ABC news station report, "a patrol officer saw a news story that included a surveillance image and recognized the man shown as a suspect who had been arrested earlier in the day in connection with a separate, unrelated commercial burglary."

The Hobbs campaign said in a statement on Wednesday that the campaign was "thankful to the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department for their work to keep us safe."  

In the statement, the campaign suggested that Republican contender Kari Lake may have been obliquely responsible for 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 statement claimed.

"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," it added.

Lake slammed the Hobbs campaign for suggesting that she was in someway responsible.

"She (Hobbs) put out a defamatory statement and you guys fell for it, and you all ran with it,” Lake told reporters. “It was malpractice of journalism like I’ve never seen before.”

She continued, saying, “You’ll cover the lie, you’ll spread it all over the world over and over and over again. And that is how fake news is spread.”