According to releases by both the Secret Service and FBI a man has been detained in Las Vegas after attempting to assassinate Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 20, 2016
According to the Associated Press report:
A man arrested at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas told authorities he tried to grab an officer’s gun so he could kill the candidate, the Secret Service said.
Trump's would be assassin according to reports
19 year old Michael Steven Sandford pic.twitter.com/VeZvIZ2Pc1
— Nick (@9Joe9) June 20, 2016
A complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nevada charges Michael Steven Sandford with an act of violence on restricted grounds. He was expected to appear in court later in the day as the investigation continued.
Authorities said Sandford went to a Trump rally on Saturday at the Treasure Island Casino and approached a Las Vegas police officer to say he wanted an autograph from Trump. The report says Sandford was arrested after grabbing the handle of an officer’s gun in an attempt to remove it.
— Erik Verduzco (@Erik_Verduzco) June 18, 2016
Police say that Sandford possessed a United Kingdom driver’s license and told authorities that he drove all the way from New Jersey to make the attempt on Trump’s life. He rented a Glock handgun at a gun range to become accustomed to how the firearm worked.
Sandford told authorities he planned to die during the assassination attempt.
“The officers assigned to the event were able to quickly take Sandford into custody with little further disruption at the venue,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told The Las Vegas Review Journal. “Custody of Sandford has since been handed over to the United States Secret Service, where he will face formal charges.”
Everyone attending the Las Vegas event had to pass through security screening, including a metal detector before entering. Sandford said he thought grabbing an officer’s gun would be the easiest way to get a firearm at the event.
Sandford is currently charged with an act of violence against a person in a restricted area. He could face up to ten years in prison if convicted. More charges could be forthcoming.