CELINA, Ohio (WANE) - A candidate for the Ohio House was attacked after police said he confronted a man who stole one of his campaign signs.
According to a Celina Police Chief Tom Wale, candidate of Ohio House District 84 representative Travis Faber reported April 12 that a large campaign sign had been stolen from a Celina street corner. Surveillance footage from the area showed the driver of a red Ford pickup had taken the sign, Wale said.
Five days later, on Tuesday, Faber drove by his new sign to check on it and he spotted the red Ford truck leaving the area - again with his campaign sign. Wale said Faber asked then asked the man to return the sign.
Faber parked his vehicle in the parking lot of a local bar and grill, and the driver of the Ford - identified as 55-year-old Frank Urwin of St. Henry - pulled into the lot behind him.
Wale said at that point, Urwin "charged at Faber," who was still in his car. Urwin reportedly opened Faber’s car door and physically assaulted him, then pulled him from the car and repeatedly struck him, according to Wale.
After the alleged beating, Urwin fled the scene. Police later arrested him on an assault charge, Wale said.
According to Wale, the incident was charged by a campaign ad that Urwin did not like.
Faber, a Celina attorney, announced last year plans to run in the Republican primary to represent the 84th House District in the General Assembly. According to Faber's campaign website, the conservative Republican is running on a platform to scale down government and its spending, and to help Ohio grow.
Ohio's primary election will be held May 8.