A Closer Look at the Armed Imposter Detained at Robert Kennedy Jr. Campaign Event in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department arrested an armed man pretending to be a U.S. Marshal at a campaign event for Robert Kennedy Jr. in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon. The suspect, identified as Adrian Paul Aispuro, 44, allegedly carried a concealed weapon and falsely claimed to be a member of the candidate’s security detail.
LAPD officers responded to a radio call made at approximately 4:30 p.m. local time, which reported a man with a loaded gun in a shoulder holster and a badge signifying his alleged role as a U.S. Marshal. Officers quickly took Aispuro into custody, with the FBI also present at the scene.
According to the LAPD, Aispuro did not threaten anyone or brandish his weapon at any point during the incident. He is currently detained in Los Angeles, facing a felony charge for carrying a concealed weapon, with bail set at $35,000.
Kennedy’s campaign issued a statement on Saturday describing an interaction with Aispuro prior to the candidate’s speech on Friday. Aispuro reportedly approached Kennedy’s private security team, insisting he was a part of the candidate’s security detail. “The security imposter…was carrying what appeared to be a U.S. Marshal badge on a lanyard and beltclip federal ID,” the campaign said.
The arrested person Adrian Paul Aispuro, 44, was identified Saturday as the individual who attempted an assault or assassination of Robert F Kennedy Jr. pic.twitter.com/yuNAPWso2x— BlueEyes (@AbbeyMaeCook88) September 18, 2023
The Kennedy campaign also mentioned the arrest of a second man allegedly accompanying Aispuro, but the LAPD denied knowledge of a second armed suspect.
Amidst these developments, Kennedy underscored the security concerns he has raised in the past. Both his father and uncle were tragically assassinated, which amplifies the candidate’s fears and concerns regarding his own safety. He reiterated his hope that President Biden would grant him Secret Service protection, highlighting his previous efforts to acquire such protection.
Kennedy’s early request for Secret Service detail was rejected in July by the DHS Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, along with a bipartisan committee. The denial was despite Kennedy presenting a 67-page report detailing specific security risks.
While major presidential candidates are generally eligible for Secret Service protection during the primaries, there are criteria they need to satisfy. Once these requirements are met, the Homeland Security Secretary, in consultation with an advisory committee, determines the candidate’s eligibility.
Kennedy recently acknowledged that his security detail is provided by Gavin de Becker and Associates, a notable revelation given Gavin de Becker’s generous contribution of $4.5 million to a pro-Kennedy Super PAC. In July, when ABC News inquired about his security arrangements, Kennedy remained elusive, stating, “I’m not going to tell you my security arrangements for obvious reasons.”
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