Los Angeles police arrested an armed man pretending to be a US Marshal at a Robert F. Kennedy campaign event on September 15. The Democratic Presidential candidate was due to give a speech to mark Hispanic Heritage Month at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in the city when his security team detained the intruder until LAPD officers arrived.
Mr. Kennedy described the incident on his Twitter account and said the man wore two holsters with loaded pistols and was carrying extra ammunition. He also had a badge around his neck signaling that he was a US Marshal and a beltclip federal ID. His t-shirt read, “Emergency Medical Services,” and he reportedly identified himself as part of Mr. Kennedy’s security team.
Police arrested Adrian Paul Aispuro and charged him with carrying a concealed weapon, and he was booked on $35,000 police bail. His brother Raymond said the entire incident was the result of a bizarre misunderstanding – Mr. Aispuro believed he was at the event to report for security work.
“He approached the security guard and asked about a point of contact for someone. They didn’t know who he was talking about. They told him to stay right there. He did, and next thing happens, the cops show up and arrest him,” Raymond Aispuro said. His brother added that Adrian was not aggressive, had no criminal record or strong political views, and genuinely believed he was reporting for work.
However, despite his brother’s claims, a rather bizarre video emerged that questions Aispuro’s intentions. In the TikTok clip, he is again wearing his pistols and badges. He says he “needs to speak to the Hell’s Angels” and the “Mongols” and asks people to contact him so they can “break some kneecaps.”
Mr. Aispuro concludes the odd video, saying, “Take care of each other, protect the women and the children. If I don’t make it back, call the f**king president. Your commander-in-chief, Donald J. Trump.”