Knifeman arrested outside White House ‘wanted to assassinate Donald Trump’

A knifeman arrested outside the White House wanted to assassinate US President Donald Trump, according to a report.

Roger Hedgpeth, 25, is said to have told a Secret Service officer ‘I am here to assassinate President Donald Trump… I have a knife to do it with’.

The suspect, from Florida, has apparently been described as a ‘critically missing/endangered person’ and a ‘mental health consumer’ in a police report.

He was arrested around a block away from the White House on Saturday for threatening to kill the President and carrying a prohibited weapon.

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He had a 3.5-inch knife in a sheath attached to his left hip and an empty pistol holster on his right hip.

It comes after a British man who grabbed a police officer’s gun in a failed attempt to assassinate Trump was jailed for a year after pleading guilty in a deal with US prosecutors.

Michael Sandford appeared in court in 2016 where he admitted grabbing the firearm intending to shoot the Republican Presidential nominee while attending a rally on June 18 at Treasure Island hotel-casino in Las Vegas.

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Crying, the 20-year-old told the court: “I’m really sorry to you and the court for taking up so much of your time.”

He had faced up to 20 years in prison if he had been convicted at trial on US federal charges of an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function.

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But in a plea deal with prosecutors he was ordered to serve 12 months and a day minus time served and good behaviour time.

Under the plea deal, Sandford, who suffers from autism, was not able to appeal.


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