Reno (US): In a security scare, Republican White House candidate Donald Trump was bundled off stage by Secret Service agents at a rally in Nevada after someone in the crowd shouted “gun” which led to a commotion, reports PTI.
A Secret Service spokesperson said in a statement that there was commotion in the crowd at the rally here when an “unidentified individual” shouted “gun,” though no weapon was found after a “thorough search”.
The man, who later identified himself to reporters as Austyn Crites, was then immediately detained and led out by a throng of police officers, Secret Service agents and SWAT officers armed with assault rifles to a side room. A law enforcement official later told CNN no charges were filed against Crites. After he was released from custody, Crites told reporters that the incident started off when he raised a “Republicans Against Trump” sign.
Crites said he was then assaulted by a group of people around him before someone shouted anything about a gun. “All of a sudden, because they couldn’t grab the sign, or whatever happened, bam, I get tackled by all these people who were just, like, kicking me and grabbing me…and just, just beating me,” Crites was quoted as saying by KTNV. “And somebody yells something about a gun, and so that’s when things really got out of hand,” he said. The alleged assault against Crites is just the latest such incident to occur at a Trump rally, where other protesters have previously been roughed up. The Secret Service said no weapon was found.
“Upon a thorough search of the subject and the surrounding area, no weapon was found,” it said. The 70- year-old business tycoon returned to the stage just minutes after the incident.