A man who was arrested at a Donald Trump rally after trying to remove a police officer’s gun from his holster says he intended to kill the presumptive Republican nominee.
According to a complaint filed in federal court in Nevada, Michael Sandford tried to disarm the officer at Saturday’s rally at the Mystere Theatre in the Treasure Island Casino before being overpowered.
Man who tried to grab a police officer’s gun at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas said he wanted to shoot the US candidate. (Court papers say)
Secret Service agents said Sandford told them he planned to kill Trump. He has been charged with an act of violence on restricted grounds.
Debnam described Sandford as an intelligent boy who had low self-esteem and began showing signs of autism as he grew older.
A judge declined to release Sandford on bail, saying he poses a risk to the community. Sandford had an expired visa and was living out of his car.
According to a complaint released during his arraignment in U.S. District Court Monday afternoon, Sandford told police he drove from California to Las Vegas to kill Trump.
Information surfaced during the hearing that Sandford is unemployed has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. His mother was reportedly sending him money and told prosecutors he is a flight risk if he makes bail.
The prosecutor in the case told the judge Sandford has not been diagnosed with a mental illness, but has attempted suicide in the past. He has also been treated for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anorexia.
He does not have a criminal record. His court-appointed attorney told the judge Sandford has an expired passport, preventing him from leaving the country. The public defender requested her client be released to a halfway house.