Crime

Cambria man could face charges after fistfight sparked by poster

A Cambria man may face a criminal charge following a confrontation in downtown Cambria about noon Wednesday.

Antony Holderman, 63, allegedly took a political poster from a display set up on the sidewalk in front of the Bank of America building at 2252 Main St. in East Village, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla.

When a supporter of ultra-conservative political activist and author Lyndon LaRouche, who was one of those who had set up the display, tried to take back the sign, Holderman allegedly got into a brief fistfight with the man, Cipolla said.

The Sheriff’s Office has asked the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office to review the case. Charges could include strong-arm robbery.

Holderman complained of chest pains and was taken by ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

The confrontation drew a lot of attention in a busy commercial area. Witnesses said it brought auto and pedestrian traffic to a standstill.

The display included a photo of President Barack Obama with a Hitler-style mustache and called for Obama’s impeachment.

Witness Tina Dickason of Cambria said she and many others felt the signs were offensive. She said the young couple that set up the card table and signs told her they were from the Los Angeles area.

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