West Virginia State Senate Candidate Physically Assaulted at Cookout

By Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.
May 9, 2016 Updated: May 9, 2016

A state senate candidate in West Virginia suffered several bone fractures and lacerations after being physically attacked at a cookout over the weekend. 

Richard Ojeda was attending a political cookout when a man lured him out by asking him to apply a bumper sticker on his car. When Ojeda was down applying the sticker, he was struck by an unknown object. 

Ojeda is running against incumbent Art Kirkendoll.

The man kept hitting Ojeda until a neighbor noticed and ran over. 

A suspect named Jonathan Porter has been held in connection with this attack. 

Ojeda is scheduled to have surgery soon, but wants to leave the hospital as soon as possible to resume campaigning, the Herald Dispatch reports. 

The attacker tried to back up with his truck and escape, but was blocked by the neighbor. He was arrested and put in Southwestern Regional Jail. 

Ojeda is running against incumbent Art Kirkendoll, in a district that covers Boone, Lincoln, and Logan counties and parts of Mingo and Wayne. 

Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.