A well-known political blogger was arrested Saturday and is facing charges for the attempted murder of his sister’s boyfriend. Javier Manjarres, a conservative blogger from south Florida with a national following, was arrested after breaking the man’s nose and leaving his pickup truck riddled with bullets.
According to the police report, Manjarres’ sister and her boyfriend, Jason Holowinski, had been in an argument on Friday night. She told officers that Holowinski had grabbed her by the neck while they were arguing and that he had then dropped her off at a local shopping plaza in Boca Raton.
She said that later on, she had called Holowinski to come pick her up in the back of the shopping center. He reportedly pulled up, but when he opened the passenger side door Javier Manjarres appeared. He jumped into Holowinski’s truck and punched him in the face four or five times.
Holowinski told police he then saw Manjarres reach for something in his waistband, so he threw his truck into reverse in an attempt to get away from him. When he backed up, he hit Manjarres’ car, but when he pulled forward he heard the unmistakable pop pop pop of three gunshots.
Holowinski escaped and drove to his brother’s house, from there he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Police went to Manjarres’ home, where they arrested him after finding his damaged vehicle.
Javier Manjarres won the CPAC award for Blogger of the Year in 2011 for his work on his website The Shark Tank. Until December 2015, he also wrote for Breitbart, where he penned a series of columns that were supportive of Donald Trump and included several scathing criticisms of Marco Rubio.
This is not the first time he has been in trouble with the law. The Miami New Times reported in 2012 that Manjarres had been arrested in 1995 for burglary with assault. According to the report, Manjarres went to the home of a man who was dating Manjarres’ ex-girlfriend, broke down his front door, and punched him. He eventually pleaded guilty and was placed on probation for two years.
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