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The Englishman who reached for a police officer’s gun in order to assassinate Donald Trump told Secret Service agents if he were released he would try again.
Michael Steven Sandford, 20, who drove from Hoboken, NJ to Las Vegas to kill the presumptive Republican presidential nominee also had tickets to his next scheduled rally in Phoenix, The Daily Beast reported.
He had been in the U.S. for 18-months after his visa expired, he told police.
His father, Michael Davey, told Portsmouth’s “The News” that his son suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.
According to the Beast, the court was also informed that Sandford suffered from anorexia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
“He’s been refusing to come back and we were worried about him, we were in contact with the American Embassy telling them we were worried about him. The American authorities said, ‘He’s over 18 we can’t do anything,’” Davey said.
Davey said his son fell in love with an American girl but was heartbroken when she moved back to New Jersey with her parents, which caused him to be depressed.
“Since he moved out there it became slowly harder and harder to get in touch with him. He does Skype, but it’s always with a white background behind him so you don’t know where he is,” his father told The News.
“He’s never been very good at communicating, he’s never been interested in politics and never really been interested in much… Because of his condition, he never talks about his private life and it’s always had quite an impact on how he behaves. He left school when he was 15 because he couldn’t cope with it all so he’s got no qualifications or job experience,” he said.
Davey said his son had never shown violent tendencies.
“I don’t want to use the term radicalized but we don’t know who he has been speaking with—this just isn’t him,” Davey told the News. “It’s an absolute shock, he’s never been violent in the slightest, he’s always been a polite and peaceful boy.”
He even thinks a conspiracy may be afoot.
“Whether he’s been blackmailed or put up to it, that’s the only thing me and his mum can think of. It’s so against his nature and obviously with his Asperger’s, we think somebody has got hold of him and done something,” Davey said.
“He has no interest in politics, the world, geography or anything. He’s not a typical teenager because he doesn’t drink or smoke or do drugs, he’s never had any interest in that.”
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