June 21, 2016 – During a rally in Las Vegas, a 19 years old young British man tried stealing the gun of a Las Vegas police officer to shoot Donald Trump – a GOP presidential contender.
According to a federal complaint which was filed by the office of the U.S. Attorney in Nevada on Monday, the would-be assassin was identified as Michael Steven Sandford, who now faces one count of trying to commit a physical violence act on restricted grounds.
The complaint says Sandford approached a Vegas police officer at the Treasure Island Casino where the weekend rally was held, pretending to ask for an autograph.
When asked about the detention of Sandford, the Foreign Office of U.K. said it was assisting after a British national’s arrest in Las Vegas. According to the complaint, the suspect still has a U.K. driver’s license.
Sandford quickly grabbed the police officer’s holster and the handle of the gun with both hands after noticing that it was in an unlocked position, the complaint says.
Sandford said it would be the easiest thing to do to acquire a gun to kill Donald Trump and further stated that if he can be on the street the next day, he would do this again, the complaint says.
Sandford also told a special agent that he’d been living in the U.S., specifically in Hoboken, New Jersey for more than a year, before traveling to Southern California with a plan to kill Donald Trump on June 16. According to the complaint, few days prior the Las Vegas rally incident, the suspect had seen in the news that Donald Trump was coming to Vegas to speak and grabbed the opportunity.
The day after Sandford arrived in Las Vegas; he traveled to a gun range and learned how to shoot. The complaint says he fired twenty rounds from a 9mm Glock.
The campaign of Trump directed a comment request to the Secret Service.
The Secret Service said in a statement that unspecified additional charges were still pending against the suspect. The agency declined to provide any additional details regarding with the incident due to an ongoing investigation.