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US election: Teen arrested at Vegas rally said he wanted to kill Trump

Young 20 year old arrested

A young man (20 years old)  from the United Kingdom 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, according to federal authorities.

A complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nevada charges Michael Steven Sandford with an act of violence on restricted grounds, Federal Magistrate Judge George Foley on Monday declined to grant bail to Sandford. Foley said Sandford was a risk to the community and a flight risk. The young man did not enter a plea when he appeared before a judge in Nevada and was remanded in custody until a hearing on 5 July.

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 grabbed the handle of an officer's gun in an attempt to remove it, and was arrested.

Las Vegas police leads a protester from Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18, 2016.   Source: REUTERS/David Becker
Las Vegas police leads a protester from Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18, 2016. Source: REUTERS/David Becker

Court research shows he is unemployed, living out of his car and in the U.S. illegally. A federal public defender says he has autism and has attempted suicide.

Sandford had a United Kingdom driver's license with him at the time, according to the complaint. He told a special agent that he was in the U.S. for about a year and a half and lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, then drove to the San Bernardino, California area in his car before coming to Las Vegas on June 16.

Sandford told officers he had been planning an assassination for about a year and was convinced he would die in the attempt. He said he also reserved a ticket for a Trump rally in Phoenix, scheduled for later in the day, as a backup.

He told US 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.

About 1,500 people attended the rally, which was held in the Mystere Theater inside the casino. Attendees had to pass through metal detectors manned by Secret Service, police and casino security officials.

This will only get worst as the campaign continues

This is not the first time Mr Trump or the "Don" as some call him, has encountered non-supporters wanting to assassinate him. Riots are almost a guarantee when he rolls into some US cities.

Love him or hate him, the United States do not really have great choice's for who will become President - Hillary Clinton or Donald J Trump....It's like picking which of two diseases will be better for you, both will kill you, just how quickly no one can tell right now.

 

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