Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has repeatedly sought Secret Service protection from the federal government due to persistent threats to his safety, but his requests have been denied.
Unfortunately, on Saturday night in Los Angeles, the concerns of his campaign turned into a reality when an armed individual impersonating a federal marshal appeared at a campaign event.
The man has now been identified as 44-Year-Old Adrian Paul Aispuro.
JUST IN — The Armed Man Who Tried to Enter the @RobertKennedyJr Event Last Night Has Been Identified as 44-Year-Old Adrian Paul Aispuro
Aispuro is currently being held in Los Angeles on $35,000 bail for a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon. pic.twitter.com/a2DNMiDNtS
— Chief Nerd (@TheChiefNerd) September 16, 2023
According to reports, the man is being held in Los Angeles on $35,000 bail for a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
At around 4:30 pm, police were alerted to a disturbance at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. According to reports from Breitbart, the police indicated that “a male was in front of the event venue with ‘a badge on their lapel, a gun, and a shoulder holster, and claimed to be a U.S. Marshal.'”
Despite his claims of being part of the event staff, no one from the staff could confirm his identity. A note, shared with Breitbart by an officer present at the scene and addressed to the campaign, stated: “Male impersonating a federal agent with a handgun and exposed ammunition. He claimed to be employed for the event but was not recognized by security.”
Video footage captured the moment when the man was handcuffed and taken away by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
“I’m very grateful that alert and fast-acting protectors from Gavin de Becker and Associates (GDBA) spotted and detained an armed man who attempted to approach me at my Hispanic Heritage speech at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles tonight,” Kennedy said in a statement. “The man, wearing 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 identified himself as a member of my security detail. Armed GDBA team members moved quickly to isolate and detain the man until LAPD arrived to make the arrest. I’m also grateful to LAPD for its rapid response.”
I’m very grateful that alert and fast-acting protectors from Gavin de Becker and Associates (GDBA) spotted and detained an armed man who attempted to approach me at my Hispanic Heritage speech at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles tonight. The man, wearing two shoulder… pic.twitter.com/vvJc0Gtk4o
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) September 16, 2023
“I’m still entertaining a hope that President Biden will allow me Secret Service protection,” he continued. “I am the first presidential candidate in history to whom the White House has denied a request for protection.”