Michael Sandford: Donald Trump’s Would-be Assassin, Photos & Facts

Michael Sandford: Donald Trump’s Would-be Assassin, Photos & Facts
Donald Trump Sr. at #FITN in Nashua, NH Michael Vadon / FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0

A 19-year-old man accused of attempting to kill Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump at the Treasure Island Casino rally on June 18 has been taken into custody.


Michael Steven Sandford, who drove from California to Las Vegas, failed in his attempt to assassinate Trump. Sandford had approached a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer and tried to take a weapon from him. As reported by FOX News, Sandford struck up a conversation with the officer and was looking for an autograph, after which Sandford tried to disarm the officer.

Sandford was taken into custody by officers without resulting in any significant disturbance at the rally. There have been no other reports of incidents or injuries. Sandford has been handed over to the Secret Service. Sandford, who is accused of committing an act of violence on restricted grounds, is currently facing charges.

“The officers assigned to the event were able to quickly take Sandford into custody with little further disruption at the venue,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said, as reported by The Las Vegas Review Journal. “Custody of Sandford has since been handed over to the United States Secret Service, where he will face formal charges.”

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Although Sandford had been planning to kill the business mogul for more than a year, he “decided to act on this occasion because he finally felt confident about trying it,” according to court documents. He had also booked a ticket for Trump’s Phoenix rally later in the same day, as reported by Heavy.com. He would try to execute his plan again if he could, he added.

If convicted, Sanford could be sentenced up to 10 years in. He appears in court on June 20, after which he will remain in federal custody.

However, it is not the first time an arrest has been made at a Trump rally. A man wearing a “Donald Trump” t-shirt at a rally in Houston who was also carrying a firearm was arrested last week. In March, Thomas Dimassimo was taken into custody after he stormed the stage during a rally in Dayton, Ohio.

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