Secret Service Agent Robbed at Gunpoint in California During Biden’s Visit

Secret Service Agent Robbed at Gunpoint in California During Biden’s Visit

President Joe Biden, after attending a fundraiser in Los Angeles, boards Marine One at the Santa Monica Landing Zone in California, on June 16, 2024. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Caden Pearson
Caden Pearson

6/17/2024

Updated: 6/18/2024

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A U.S. Secret Service agent was robbed at gunpoint in California on Saturday night, June 15, as he was returning from work during President Joe Biden’s visit to a star-studded fundraiser in Los Angeles.
The agent fired his service weapon, but it’s unclear if any attacker was hit, said Secret Service director of communications Anthony Guglielmi. The agent was not injured but his bag was stolen.
“This remains an open and active criminal investigation, and any additional comments must come from the primary investigative agency, which is the Tustin Police Department,” Mr. Guglielmi said in a media statement on June 17. “Anyone with additional information about the incident is encouraged to call the Tustin Police Department.”
The Tustin Police Department said the robbery took place at the Tustin Fields I residential community. Officers responded to the call at 9:36 p.m.
“During the incident, an officer [agent] involved shooting occurred,” the Tustin Police Department said. However, the suspect or suspects were not located.
Some of the agent’s belongings were found nearby, and the investigation is ongoing.
The suspect vehicle, a 2004–2006 silver Infiniti FX35 or similar model, was seen leaving the scene. The Tustin Police Department has released a photograph of the car.
It is unclear whether the agent robbed in Tustin was part of the president’s Secret Service detail.
President Biden was in the area for a fundraiser, hosted by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, which raised $30 million.
The star-studded event featured appearances by George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and former President Barack Obama, as well as performances by Sherry Lee Ralph and Jack Black.
At the fundraiser, held at the Peacock Theater, Jimmy Kimmel interviewed President Biden and former President Obama. The two discussed former President Donald Trump, who is leading in recent swing-state polls.
President Biden attended the event after flying in from the G7 summit in southern Italy.
The $30 million raised at the fundraiser broke the previous record of $26 million from a March event in Manhattan with former Presidents Obama and Bill Clinton.
Last week, former President Trump also raised funds in California, taking in $33.5 million across several events, including $12.5 million in San Francisco.
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