NEW YORK — A Donald Trump supporter protesting the Manhattan district lawyer’s probe of the previous president pulled a knife on a household with two babies Tuesday exterior Manhattan Felony Court docket, in response to a courtroom official.
The person and girl with two youngsters in strollers by accident ran into the Trump supporter whereas crossing the intersection of Hogan Place and Centre Road simply after 4:00 p.m., three bystanders instructed POLITICO. The feminine protester, who held an indication that learn “I assist Trump, do you?” started arguing with the couple earlier than she pulled out a blade roughly 6 inches lengthy and waved it on the household, in response to the eye-witnesses.
“Angelica Rucker pulled a knife from her proper aspect belt hip space and commenced menacing one of many complainants with the knife because the verbal confrontation pursued,” a courtroom spokesperson mentioned.
Court docket officers, who have been standing exterior the constructing, rushed over, pulled out their weapons and ordered the lady to drop the knife, the bystanders mentioned. She was arrested with out incident.
Nobody was injured. Rucker, who couldn’t instantly be reached for remark, was positioned in custody and prices are pending, in response to a courtroom spokesperson.
“The courtroom officers have been standing on the nook and inside 20 seconds they have been right here and he or she had dropped the knife,” mentioned one bystander who couldn’t be named due to his job. “The girl yelled, ‘Knife, knife’ and the courtroom officers have been on the Trump-supporter like Voltron,” the bystander mentioned.
The altercation got here after Trump known as on supporters to protest the probe and predicted “potential loss of life & destruction” if he’s charged for his alleged position in a 2016 hush cash cost to porn star Stormy Daniels.
To this point, important assist for Trump has didn’t materialize.
The Trump-supporter was the one protester current exterior the courthouse Tuesday. The grand jury normally solely hears proof on the case on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Final week, activists clamoring for Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg to indict Trump far outnumbered the president’s supporters exterior the courthouse.
Police and courtroom officers didn’t instantly launch the protester’s title, age or different private data.
Julia Marsh contributed to this report.