Secret Service agents were forced to jump on stage on Saturday and form a wall around Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after a disturbance broke out behind him during a Dayton, Ohio, event. The suspect, who jumped the bike racks and tried to climb onto the stage, was identified as Thomas Dimassimo, 32, and was charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic — both misdemeanors, Chief Mike Etter of the Dayton Airport Police Department told NBC News.
It was the first time at a Trump event that the Secret Service was forced to take to the stage to protect the candidate. The incident took place one day after Trump cancelled a Chicago rally as hundreds of protesters awaited him and skirmishes broke out between those who oppose Trump and supporters.
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Just days earlier, a man was charged with assault for punching a protester at a Fayetteville, North Carolina, event Wednesday night, and Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields accused Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of yanking her arm aggressively when she tried to ask the candidate a question on Tuesday evening.
Late last month, after an interruption by several attendees associated with Black Lives Matter, a fight between a Time photographer and Secret Service agent broke out around the press area at a Donald Trump rally in Radford, Virginia. The Trump campaign, at the time, said it was aware of the incident and directed further questions to local law enforcement.
"The Secret Service is aware of an incident involving an employee of the Secret Service that occurred earlier today in Radford, Virginia. At this time, our local field office is working with their law enforcement partners to determine the exact circumstances that led up to this incident," the agency said in a statement. "The Secret Service will provide further details as warranted once additional facts surrounding the situation are known."
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