- A 19-year old Michael Steven Sandford attempted to assassinate Donald Trump over the weekend.
- While at a rally in Las Vegas he tried to disarm a police officer and use his weapon to shoot and kill the GOP nominee.
- He was quickly arrested by authorities.
- He said he had planned this for over a year and had a ticket to Trumps next rally in case he failed this attempt.
Las Vegas is the perfect place to hold a rally, at least, that’s what Donald Trump thought. The lights, the nightlife, and the locals would make an enticing backdrop to an already eventful rally. Yet over the weekend in Vegas a patron at a Donald Trump rally felt differently.
Michael Steven Sandford, who was arrested at the rally, claimed to have been trying to disarm a police officer to kill Donald Trump. The nineteen-year-old was denied bail in court on Monday.
Apparently, Sandford, while attending the Trump rally at the Treasure Island Casino, approached an officer and said he wanted an autograph from the GOP Nominee. That’s when he grabbed the handle of the officers gun in an attempt to disarm him. When asked by Special Agents why he grabbed the officer’s gun Sanford’s reply was chilling at direct, “to shoot and kill Trump.”
Michael Sandford had no problem admitting and taking credit for the attempted assassination of Donald Trump. He even told authorities that if he had failed this time around, he had bought another ticket for the rally in Pheonix and would try there. Sandford has been planning the assassination for over a year and said that he finally felt confident at executing it.
Sandford told the court that if he were on the streets tomorrow, he would try it again.
The drivers license that he had on him was from the United Kingdom. Yet, Sandford said he had been living in the United States now for a year, currently in Hoboken, NJ. He claimed to have driven to the San Bernadino Area in California before he drove to Las Vegas.
Sandford also admitted to authorities that he went to the Battlefield Vegas shooting range the day before the rally. He got shooting lessons and fired 20 rounds from a 9mm Glock pistol to learn how to use it. The police spoke with an employee at the shooting range who confirmed all of that information.
The rally required you to pass through metal detectors before entering into the rally itself. Sandford had no way of bringing a gun in with him, which required him to try to attempt to take one from an officer who was attending the rally.