Paul Davey is the father of Michael Sandford, 20, the man accused of attempting to assassinate Donald Trump, according to police. He has spoken out, saying that his son wouldn’t hurt a fly and that what happened was not like his son at all. A family friend, however, said that Davey had a mental breakdown six years ago.
According to police, Sandford tried to grab a police officer’s gun during Donald Trump’s Las Vegas rally, in an attempt to kill Trump. He reached for the gun after standing in line and asking for an autograph from Trump, Telegraph reported. He could face up to 10 years in prison.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. He Said His Family Is Devastated by the News About Michael
Paul Davey said his family is absolutely devastated about the news about Michael Sandford. They were also shocked by the news, saying that he had never been interested in politics. “(He’s) never really been interested in much,” Davey said.
“It is an absolute shock, he’s never been violent in the slightest, he’s always been a polite and peaceful boy.
2. Davey Said His Son Has Asperger’s and the Whole Thing May Have Been a Cry for Help
Davey said that his son’s assassination attempt may have been a cry for help or he may have been blackmailed, Get Surrey reported. His son has Asperger’s and this was against his nature, his dad said. (Asperger’s is now defined as part of the autism spectrum, according to the latest DSM.) The Telegraph reported that he had also been treated for obsessive compulsive disorder in the past and anorexia.
Photographs on Facebook of his son’s bedroom showed it covered in camouflage netting, and he had toy guns on the wall. But his dad said that Sandford would never even hurt a fly.
3. Davey and Sandford’s Mom Broke Up When Sandford Was Four
Davey and Sandford’s mom, Lynne, broke up when he was four years old, his dad said. At the time they lived in Dorking, but Davey moved out. Sandford was living with his mom, but she also had a daughter, so he eventually moved into his own place, his dad said.
4. He Had Told the American Embassy that He Was Worried About His Son
Davey had gotten really worried about his son. Sandford had met a girl from the United States, but she eventually moved back to the U.S. to be with her parents. He got very depressed, so the family paid for Sandford to move to the U.S. for a year, Davey said. He thought that his son had been with the girl all this time, because he wasn’t very good at communicating. In fact, he was never quite sure where his son was because the few times they would Skype, Sandford had a white background behind him and he couldn’t get a feel for where his son was.
When his son ran out of money and still refused to come home, Davey contacted the American embassy to let them know that he was worried about his son. But he was told that because his son was over 18, there was nothing they could do.
5. A Family Friend Said Sandford Had a Mental Breakdown About Six Years Ago
Sandford left school at 15 because he couldn’t cope with it, his dad said to Get Surrey. His son had no interest in politics and had never mentioned Donald Trump to him. He said he doubted that his son even knew who the U.S. president was.
But a family friend told Get Surrey that Sandford had always had problems, and he had a mental breakdown about six years ago. At the time, he would only come out at night because that was when he felt safest.