Cops at Trump Tower Arrest Armed Man Claiming to be U.S. Senator Meeting With Ivanka

Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump, takes the stage during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying knives and a makeshift blackjack showed up at Trump Tower today claiming to be a U.S. Senator. He said he was there for a meeting with Ivanka Trump. His forged identification didn’t fool the Secret Service.


A New York man clad in a bulletproof vest and bearing two small knives entered Trump Tower where he told Secret Service officers that he was a U.S. senator there to meet Ivanka Trump, police said.

The man, whose name appears in records as Sixto Benitez Adames, was arrested after the Thursday afternoon incident, the New York Police Department said.

Benitez Adames, 52, of the Bronx, was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a forged instrument for his possession of a fake New York State identity card, police said.

In addition to the two knives, he was carrying a tied-off sock with a weight in it, police said.

He said he was a senator who came to the tower to talk to the president’s daughter about her clothing line, police said. He also said he owned Trump Tower, police said.

The man’s specific motive is unclear but he clearly had ill intent for President’s daughter. Ivanka Trump wasn’t even in the building at the time though as she is currently in Europe with her father


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