Man charged with making criminal threats against congressional candidate Peters

Castro Valley resident out on bail, set to enter plea in case next week

A man who reportedly threatened to kill Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters at the Castro Valley Fall Festival on Sunday has been charged with felony making criminal threats and misdemeanor exhibiting a deadly weapon and carrying a switchblade.

Farzad Fazeli, 35, of Castro Valley, was arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court on those charges Tuesday and is scheduled to return to court next Monday to enter a plea. He's free on $55,000 bail.

Peters, who is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) for the 15th Congressional District seat, was not injured during Sunday's attack.

Alameda County sheriff's deputy Christopher Hamblin wrote in a probable cause statement that witnesses reported that Fazeli brandished a pink switchblade knife and threatened to use it against Peters at the festival at Castro Valley Boulevard and Redwood Road shortly before 3:45 p.m. Sunday but couldn't open the knife.

Peters also identified the item in Fazeli's hand to be a switchblade and said he believed he would have been stabbed if it would have opened, Hamblin wrote.

The deputy wrote that Peters told deputies that Fazeli held the knife in the air, waved it around and said, "I will stab you, I will kill you!"

Several other witnesses also saw Fazeli wave the knife around, according to Hamblin.

Peters wasn't injured in the incident, sheriff's officials said.

Afterward, deputies located and arrested Fazeli, who lives nearby, on the north side of the Chase Bank on Castro Valley Boulevard, close to the festival site, according to Hamblin.

Deputies who searched Fazeli found a pink switchblade knife in his rear right pocket, Hamblin wrote.

— Bay City News Service

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