On Saturday, William Aslaksen, 64, was arrested for driving a black Jeep Wrangler into a group protesting vaccination mandates.

Aslaksen has been booked on suspicion of felony assault and assigned a $50,000 bail.

Aslaksen allegedly argued with people at the rally, then drove his Jeep Wrangler onto the sidewalk and into the crowd. 

 ITSRIZ reports that Aslaksen disagreed with the cause of people protesting against vaccine mandates.

“A witness stated a man disagreed with the protest, entered his vehicle and intentionally drove toward the protesters,” wrote Deputy Trina Schrader in a statement released Sunday. “The suspect then drove away westbound and out of view.”

Schrader noted that the incident occurred on Sunday afternoon at 3:25 p.m. in Palmdale at the intersection of West 10th Street and Rancho Vista Boulevard. 

Aslaksen injured one woman, who was described as in her 40s.

Schrader reported that the woman was taken to a hospital but her injuries are not life-threatening.

Authorities arrested Aslaksen about 90 minutes after the incident at his home in Antelope Valley. He is set to be arraigned on Tuesday at the Antelope Valley City Courthouse in Lancaster.

Lieutenant T. Kim of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station indicated that the protestors had been peacefully assembled since 10 a.m. that morning as they voiced their concerns regarding COVID-19 mandates.

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