An illegal immigrant of British origin was arrested during a Trump rally in Las Vegas after attempting to wrestle a handgun from a police officer in order to shoot the presidential candidate.
According to The Daily Mail, the Briton, identified as 20-year-old Michael Steven Sanford of Surrey, had been living illegally in New Jersey after his visa expired and sleeping in his car. He had driven from New Jersey to California before turning his sights to Las Vegas with the intention of killing Trump.
Sanford, who appeared in court Monday, said he had gone to a firing range last Thursday, firing off twenty rounds from a 9mm Glock pistol in order to become familiar with firearms. In addition, he had also purchased a ticket to a Trump rally scheduled for Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona- just in case his assassination attempt failed.
Despite his “back-up” plan, Secret Service reports say that the young man, who has a history of autism and obsessive compulsive disorder, had been planning the assassination for months and believed he would die in the process.
According to police documents, he approached Las Vegas Police officer Ameel Jacob -whose holster retention device was unlocked- and grabbed the handle of his service pistol, attempting to remove it. He was subdued with little disruption.
A spokesman for Britain’s Foreign Office said: ‘We are providing assistance following an arrest of a British national in Las Vegas.’ The Trump campaign referred all inquiries to the Secret Service, who did not have a statement for The Daily Mail at time of publication.
Sandford was charged with an act of violence on restricted grounds by a Nevada US District court.
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