Published Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | 6 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | 11:15 p.m.
Metro Police officers were the epitome of arrest perfection when they took down 20-year-old Michael Steven Sandford at Donald Trump’s rally Saturday at Mystere theater in Treasure Island, and it all happened mere feet from where I was sitting in the front row of the second orchestra level.
Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue sitting near me captured these images of the arrest and two police officers dragging away Sandford, reportedly in the United States from England with an expired visa, into the custody of the Secret Service.
Because he grabbed the handle of an officer’s gun in an attempt to remove it and threaten to kill the presumptive GOP presidential candidate, he was charged with “an act of violence on restricted grounds.”
Sandford was frog marched by officers along the walkway the clowns of Cirque du Soleil’s “Mystere” use to entertain guests. Security for The Donald was unbelievably tight. Four Secret Service agents remained onstage for his nearly 90-minute speech made without notes or TelePrompTer.
Another four sat in the front row of the circular theater. Another four stood at the top and bottom of the stairs going to the stage. A Homeland Security officer wearing a bulletproof vest through an airport screening metal detector frame patted me down.
It was surreal as Sandford was frog marched less than 6 feet away from me. He told Special Agents that he had attempted to grab the officer’s gun to shoot and kill The Donald.
In court, the released documents said that he would try to kill him again. A judge denied him bail. The day before, Sandford was at Battlefield Vegas shooting range practice firing 20 rounds from a 9mm Glock pistol.
My planned interview with The Donald was immediately nixed at the last minute because after the incident, the Secret Service whisked him out of Mystere theater before anybody left the showroom.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Treasure Island, now known as TI to many, is a Strip casino and resort that features a tropical pool, a variety of restaurants and Las Vegas' first resident Cirque du Soleil show.
Before even entering the casino, Treasure Island treats visitors and Strip passersby with a raucous and free pirate show, "Sirens at TI," each evening in the lagoon in front of the property.
Inside, guests will find a 95,000-square-foot casino with thousands of slot machines, a race and sports book, a poker room and plenty of table games. Treasure Island boasts a variety of dining options, from unique barbecue at Gilley's, to Vietnamese at Pho, to Carribbean with flair at Kahunaville.
After dark, head over to Senor Frogs for nightlife "where anything can happen," or pick up tickets to the visually stunning "Mystere" by Cirque du Soleil.