While violence and demonstrations by left-wing agitators has become commonplace at presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s campaign stops, an incident in Las Vegas on Saturday suggests that the New York billionaire’s life may actually be in danger. According to reports, a 20 year old man attempted to assassinate the real estate mogul, using a police officer’s gun, during a rally at the Treasure Island hotel on Saturday.
According to the official criminal complaint, Michael Steven Sandford, a UK man illegally in the country after overstaying his Visa, “knowingly attempted to engage in an act of physical violence against Donald J. Trump in the Mystery Theatre in the Treasure Island Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, a building where Donald J. Trump was receiving protection from the U.S. Secret Service[.]”
The Associated Press reports:
A British man arrested at a weekend Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas tried to grab a police officer’s gun so he could kill the presidential candidate after planning an assassination for about a year, according to authorities.
U.S. Secret Service agents said Michael Steven Sandford approached a Las Vegas police officer at the campaign stop to say he wanted Trump’s autograph, but that he then tried to take the weapon.
The criminal complaint said Sandford was arrested after grabbing the handle of an officer’s gun while trying to remove it from a holster.
Sanford told authorities that he went to the Battlefield Vegas shooting range the day before the rally and fired 20 rounds from a 9mm Glock pistol to learn how to use it. Police detectives who visited the range spoke with an employee who confirmed that he provided Sandford shooting lessons, according to the complaint signed by Secret Service Special Agent Joseph Hall.