Authorities: Man at Vegas rally said he wanted to kill Trump

Michael Steven Sandford being removed from the Trump rally - NBC News

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A British man accused of trying to take a police officer’s gun and kill Donald Trump in Las Vegas has been denied bail by a federal judge.

Federal Magistrate Judge George Foley on Monday declined to grant bail to 20-year-old Michael Steven Sandford, who’s charged with an act of violence on restricted grounds. Foley said Sandford was a risk to the community and a flight risk.

Sandford has not entered a plea.

“Sanford further stated that if he were on the street tomorrow, he would try this again,” reads the complaint, obtained by CNN. “Sandford claimed he had been planning to kill Trump for about a year but decided to act on this occasion because he finally felt confident about trying it.”

Court research shows he is unemployed, living out of his car and in the U.S. illegally. A federal public defender says he has autism and has attempted suicide.

Sandford was arrested Saturday at the Treasure Island Casino where Trump was speaking. He’s accused of grabbing at a Las Vegas police officer’s holstered gun, and investigators say he wanted to kill Trump.

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A federal officer says a man arrested at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas told authorities he tried to grab an officer’s gun so he could kill the candidate.

A complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nevada charges Michael Steven Sandford with an act of violence on restricted grounds.

It cites a report by Special Agent Swierkowski, whose first name was not included, saying Sandford told officers he drove from California to kill Trump and went to a Las Vegas gun range the day before to learn to shoot.

Sandford later went to a Trump rally at the Treasure Island Casino and approached a Las Vegas police officer to say he wanted an autograph from Trump.

The report says Sandford was arrested after grabbing the handle of an officer’s gun in an attempt to remove it.

It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney. Las Vegas police say Sandford is 19.

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