An armed man was arrested on Friday at an event for Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The incident took place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, less than two miles from the site where Kennedy’s father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1968. Police confirmed that no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
The man, whose name was not released, was apprehended shortly after the incident on a weapons charge and a charge of impersonating a U.S. marshal. According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the individual was wearing two shoulder holsters filled with loaded pistols and carried a U.S. Marshals Service badge on a lanyard around his neck.
Kennedy took to social media to express his gratitude to his security detail for spotting and detaining the armed man. He also thanked the LAPD for their rapid response. Kennedy mentioned that he is the first presidential candidate in history to be denied Secret Service protection by the White House, despite facing risks on the campaign trail.
Formal charges against the arrested individual are expected to be filed on Saturday. Kennedy’s speech at the event focused on various issues, including the need for collaboration with Mexico in addressing drug cartels and immigration.
Kennedy’s request for Secret Service protection from President Biden has been denied, according to his social media post.