According to various news agencies, a young British man on an expired student visa attempted to assassinate Republican Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump at a Trump for President rally in Las Vegas, Nevada. Meanwhile, a British newspaper tells us that the young man has been described as having autism and Aperger’s syndrome. Had his attempt not been successful in Las Vegas, he was also found to be in possession of a ticket to the next Trump rally, which was supposed to have taken place in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday.
Michael Steven Sandford, 20, appeared Monday in leg irons in court for arraignment. He faces up to 10 years in prison after allegedly confessing to a Secret Service agent that he had plotted to assassinate the presumptive Republican nominee.
Sanford obviously hadn’t planned his attempt very well, as his only access to a firearm was to attempt to take a law enforcement officer’s handgun from its’ holster to do the deed. According to police on scene, he approached a police officer telling him he would like to try to get close enough to ask Trump for his autograph, at which time he lunged for the officer’s weapons with both hands and attempted to take it from the officer.
According to the Secret Service officer who questioned Sandford, he had driven all the way to Las Vegas for the event from Hoboken, New Jersey where he had been living in his automobile, with the clear intention of killing Donald Trump. We don’t suspect he will be released anytime soon, as young Sanford tole authorities that if he were released, he would attempt to kill Trump again as soon as he was released.
A public defender said while Sandford is autistic, he is competent to stand trial. The court was informed that Sanford suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, and anorexia as well as Asperger’s Syndromme. He escaped from a hospital in England where he was being treated since the age of 14.
Breaking News : Michael Steven Sandford Arrested, ‘Kill Donald Trump’ At Las Vegas Rally 6-20-16