EL PASO, Texas — El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego and his campaign manager were strolling in the parking lot of an early voting site on Friday when a man confronted them, prompting an exchange of stormy words.
The man, Sammy Carrejo, recorded the confrontation and posted the video on Facebook.
You can watch the clip by clicking here or watching the video above.
In a press release, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office did not name Samaniego, its campaign manager, or Carrejo.
Investigators called Carrejo a citizen. They said he was accused of dropping a mobile phone from the hand of a campaign worker, causing minor damage to the device.
In the video, you can hear Carrejo accusing Samaniego of failing to report his bankruptcy and an arrest.
We spoke with Samaniego live on ABC-7 at 10:00 p.m. Friday night. You can see what he said about the confrontation on the video player at the top of the article.
“We tried to calm the situation. My campaign manager came between us. She worried about what he was trying to accomplish,” Samaniego said. “He bumped into my campaign manager, hit her phone twice.”
Samaniego also said the accusations were false.
“He came into our space, continued to be aggressive,” Samaniego said.
ABC-7 also spoke with Carrejo via Facebook Messenger.
“Everything was fine until the campaign worker who was with him started blocking my phone with a campaign sign,” Carrejo said. “She got aggressive and stopped me from walking towards the county judge and knocked over my phone with the sign.”
The confrontation happened at the Marty Robbins Recreation Center just before 4 p.m.
Investigators said an El Paso County Department of Elections employee notified the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and several deputies arrived.
The sheriff’s office said it is reviewing the confrontation and will determine what charges, if any, are appropriate.