An armed man was arrested at a Robert F. Kennedy campaign rally in Los Angeles on September 15.
Adrian Paul Aispuro, 44, impersonated a U.S. Marshal, carrying a lanyard with a federal ID. The man also carried two shoulder holsters with a loaded pistol and spare ammunition magazines according to Kennedy.
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When questioned, Aispuro claimed to be part of the event’s security detail for the night.
The Hispanic Heritage-focused rally was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theater as one of Kennedy’s campaign stops before the 2024 presidential elections.
After the arrest was made, Kennedy said Gavin de Becker and Associates (GDBA) security was first on the scene and detained the suspect.
He was taken into custody with no issue and LAPD said the gun was not brandished, nor was anyone at the event threatened.
“Armed GDBA team members moved quickly to isolate and detain the man until LAPD arrived to make the arrest,” Kennedy said in a statement. “I’m also grateful to LAPD for its rapid response.”
In his statement, Kennedy went on to criticize President Joe Biden for not providing him with Secret Service security.
“I’m still entertaining a hope that President Biden will allow me Secret Service protection,” Kennedy said. “I am the first presidential candidate in history to whom the White House has denied a request for protection.”
Kennedy is the son of former senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former president John F. Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated.
Kennedy is running as a Democrat challenging Biden for the presidency, along with a slew of Republican candidates including former President Donald Trump.
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