This past Saturday a young man was arrested for grabbing a police officer’s gun and attempting to assassinate Donald Trump during a political rally in Las Vegas. Recent findings have revealed that the man is an illegal immigrant from Great Britain.
The attacker is Michael Steven Sandford, an illegal immigrant who originally entered the country over a year and a half ago. Sandford lived in New jersey for approximately one year before driving cross country to live out of his car in California. He has been living in the country for months with an expired visa. According to Sandford’s parents he suffers from both Aspergers syndrome and OCD. He moved to the United States to pursue a love-interest that eventually fizzled out.
Sandford told police that he had been planning the assassination “for months” but needed to wait for an event that made him feel confident he could succeed. He purposely overstayed his visa with the intention of harming Trump. He stated to police that if he wasn’t able to attack Trump in Las Vegas he would have followed him to the next rally in Pheonix, Arizona.
On June 16 Sandford decided the opportunity had come. He arrived in Las Vegas one day before the rally, stopping at a Las Vegas gun range to “train” for the assassination attempt. Sandford told police that this was the first time he had ever fired a gun. He practiced with a 9mm Glock and fired off about 20 rounds before ending his “training session.”
On the day of the attack Sandford approached a police officer to strike up a conversation and fool the police officer into thinking he wanted an autograph. Sandford lunged for the officer’s weapon but was neutralized and arrested before he could cause harm to Trump or any of his supporters. He has been charged with “trying to commit an act of violence against a person in a restricted area” and faces to up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
See footage of Sandford’s arrest below: