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Secret Service agent robbed at gunpoint on the same night as Biden’s campaign fundraiser

The suspect vehicle believed involved in a robbery of a Secret Service agent in Tustin, California, shown on June 15, 2024. (Tustin Police Department/TNS)

Karen Garcia
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Police in Tustin are investigating the alleged robbery of a member of the U.S. Secret Service whose possessions were taken at gunpoint.

On Saturday at 9:36 p.m. Pacific time, officers responded to a call of a possible robbery at the Tustin Field 1 residential community at Tustin Legacy — a former military base turned residential development in Orange County.

Upon arriving, the officers discovered the victim was a member of the U.S. Secret Service whose bag was stolen at gunpoint, according to a police report. During the incident, officials state, a shooting occurred between the alleged robber and the agent.

It is unclear how many suspects were involved in the incident and what started the shooting.

The incident occurred the same night President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama were in downtown Los Angeles at the Peacock Theater for a gala fundraiser for Biden’s reelection campaign.

The Tustin Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It was not clear from the department’s press statement whether the agent who was robbed had been in Los Angeles to protect Biden or Obama.

Officials say the suspect or suspects have not yet been identified or located.

Tustin Police are looking for a 2004-06 silver Infiniti FX35 or a similar vehicle that was seen leaving the scene.

It is unknown whether the suspects were injured as a result of the incident.

Officers found some of the victim’s belongings in the area but did not disclose what they were.

The incident is still under investigation. Officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying the alleged robber. Anyone with information can call Detective Graciela Melendrez at (714) 573-3372 or email at gmelendrez@tustinca.org.


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