British man charged for attempting to kill Donald Trump
June 21, Washington: A man who tried to grab a police officer's gun at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas said he wanted to shoot the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
According to a complaint filed in US District Court in Nevada on Monday, Michael Steven Sandford, who hold a British driving licence, tried to disarm the officer at the June 18 rally at the Mystere Theatre in the Treasure Island Casino before being overpowered.
Sandford, 19, did not enter a plea when he appeared before a judge in Nevada and was remanded in custody until a hearing on 5 July. He is charged with an act of violence "on restricted grounds".
He had reportedly tried to seize the gun after saying he was seeking Trump's autograph at Saturday's rally, reports said.
According to the court papers, he said he had been planning to try and shoot Trump for about a year but had decided to act now because he finally felt confident enough to do so.
A federal judge found Sandford, who reportedly appeared in court in shackles, to be a danger and risk of non-appearance, and he was ordered detained pending his preliminary hearing.
Officials would not confirm Sandford's nationality saying only that he had told investigators he had been in the US for about 18 months, and had lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, before travelling to California, Al Jazeera reported.
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