A person carrying loaded pistols and spare ammunition was detained Friday after impersonating a U.S. marshal at considered one of Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s marketing campaign occasions in Los Angeles.
In a submit to X, previously often called Twitter, Kennedy detailed the incident and expressed appreciation for the safety guards on the Hispanic Heritage occasion who “moved shortly to isolate and detain the person.”
“I’m very grateful that alert and fast-acting protectors from Gavin de Becker and Associates (GDBA) noticed and detained an armed man who tried to method me at my Hispanic Heritage speech on the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles tonight,” Kennedy wrote.
“The person, carrying two shoulder holsters with loaded pistols and spare ammunition magazines was carrying a U.S. Marshal badge on a lanyard and beltclip federal ID. He recognized himself as a member of my safety element. Armed GDBA workforce members moved shortly to isolate and detain the person till LAPD arrived to make the arrest. I’m additionally grateful to LAPD for its speedy response.”
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Pictures of the person who was arrested on the occasion had been shared by Kennedy on social media. The unidentified perpetrator was proven carrying a black shirt with a emblem studying “Emergency Medical Providers.”
Kennedy, a Democrat who introduced a major problem to President Biden earlier this 12 months, additionally famous that he has but to obtain Secret Service safety.
“I’m nonetheless entertaining a hope that President Biden will enable me Secret Service safety,” Kennedy added within the submit. “I’m the primary presidential candidate in historical past to whom the White Home has denied a request for cover.”
In July, Kennedy claimed his request for Secret Service safety as a 2024 presidential candidate was rejected by the Biden administration.
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“Typical turnaround time for professional forma safety requests from presidential candidates is 14-days,” Kennedy wrote on the time in a prolonged assertion posted on X. “After 88-days of no response and after a number of follow-ups by our marketing campaign, the Biden Administration simply denied our request.”
Kennedy stated he obtained a message from Homeland Safety Secretary Mayorkas that learn, “I’ve decided that Secret Service safety for Robert F Kennedy Jr just isn’t warranted presently.”
On its web site, the Secret Service notes that it protects “main presidential and vice presidential candidates and their spouses inside 120 days of a common presidential election.”
The location of the Kennedy marketing campaign occasion the place the person was arrested is positioned lower than two miles away from the earlier website of The Ambassador Lodge, the place Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed in June 1968.
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The killing of Kennedy Jr.’s father on the Los Angeles resort got here almost 5 years after his uncle, former President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas in November 1963.
Fox Information’ Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report.