Thursday 18 January 2018

UK teenager held in Las Vegas 'sought to kill Donald Trump'

Donald Trump urged consideration of the profiling of Muslims (AP)
Donald Trump urged consideration of the profiling of Muslims (AP)

Ryan Wilkinson

A British teenager has been arrested at a Donald Trump rally after going for a police officer's gun before telling investigators he wanted to kill the US presidential hopeful.

Michael Sandford, 19, tried to grab the weapon from the officer after asking for the Republican candidate's autograph at a Las Vegas casino.

The teenager told investigators he had been planning the assassination for a year, including spending time on a firing range in recent days, and was convinced he would die in the attempt.

Sandford, who was carrying a UK driver's licence, is expected to appear in a US court in Nevada on Monday afternoon charged with an act of violence on restricted grounds.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are providing assistance following an arrest of a British national in Las Vegas."

Press Association

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