Near the end of Donald Trump’s speech at the Dayton airport Saturday, a protester attempted to rush the stage and security at the event was quick to act.
Thomas Dimassimo, 32, of Fairborn, was arrested at the Donald Trump rally on suspicion of disorderly conduct and inducing panic, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer has confirmed.
Dimassimo vaulted over waist-high metal railings, broke through two security staff and nearly got on stage at the Trump rally outside the Dayton International Airport.
Secret Service and other security officers swarmed the man as he started to climb onto the back of the stage, about 8 to 10 feet from where Trump was speaking to a large crowd in the hangar at Wright Bros. Aero.
Trump was startled by the commotion, stopped his speech, and was immediately surrounded by four Secret Service agents. After about 30 seconds, as the man was pinned to the ground and then led away, Trump came back to the podium, shaking his head. The crowd first booed, then started chanting, “Trump, Trump, Trump,” and “USA, USA, USA.”
Trump pointed to people right in front of the stage and thanked them for warning him of the man coming from behind.
“I was ready for him, but it’s much easier if the cops do it, don’t we agree?” Trump said.
Trump took to Twitter to thank his Dayton supporters.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.