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2018 Midterms

Congressional Candidate Was Arrested and Charged for Attempted Murder in 2016

The candidate has a long history of alleged violence.



A Republican candidate for Florida’s 22nd Congressional District was arrested and charged with attempted murder in 2016.

Javier Manjarresknown in political circles as the publisher of The Shark Tank blog, was detained by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday,” wrote  “According to an arrest form provided to by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the 43-year-old was charged with one count of attempted murder and two counts of burglary conveyance with battery.”

He was eventually released on $50,000 bond, and later the charges were dropped. Here is the arrest form: 

Manjarres allegedly broke the nose of his sister’s boyfriend Jason Holowinski and fired a weapon at Holowinski as he drove off, leaving three bullet holes in the vehicle.

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A look into Manjarres’ criminal history tells the story of a disturbingly violent man.

Three different people have filed domestic violence actions against him since 2017 alone in Broward County. Those incidents are documented here:

Manjarres has caused some trouble in Palm Beach, too, including six instances of domestic violence. 

He ran into serious trouble with the law in the 1990’s, too.

“On June 5, 1995, Manjarres was arrested for burglary with assault,” according to Miami New Times. “He allegedly drove to the Boca Raton apartment of a man named Peter Bronkie, who at the time was dating Manjarres’s ex-girlfriend Daniella Gonzalez. According to a Palm Beach County police report, Manjarres broke down the front door and punched Bronkie while Gonzalez was calling 911. Bronkie suffered bruises and a busted lip. Manjarres pleaded guilty and served two years of probation.”

Manjarres will take on Nicolas Kimaz in the August 28 primary. Kimaz is a Health Entrepreneur, Life Coach and TV & Film Producer, according to his campaign website. He fled civil war ravaged Lebanon in 1978 at age 15.

The winner will likely face incumbent Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) in the November 6 general election.

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