A Bay Area mayor was punched in the chest after a speech

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The mayor of a city in the San Francisco Bay Area said he was attacked Tuesday after speaking at a chamber of commerce in support of local businesses.

Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe said in a statement that he was preparing to leave lunch at the Lone Tree Golf Course & Event Center when a man aggressively approached him and punched him in the chest.

The man tried to hit him a second time, but bystanders intervened and the man did not strike, Thorpe said. The man, whose identity has not been established, then fled the scene.

“Although shaken, I’m fine,” Thorpe said in a statement, adding that he hoped the man would be arrested and prosecuted.

Thorpe said he plans to attend Tuesday’s Antioch City Council meeting.

“Violence has absolutely no place in public discourse and will never be tolerated,” he said.

Antioch is an industrial city of 115,000 people 45 miles (72 kilometers) east of San Francisco.

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