Secret Service Employee Mugged During Biden’s Visit To California
A member of the Secret Service monitors activity as U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at Tioga Marine Terminal on October 13, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

A member of the Secret Service was robbed at gunpoint during President Joe Biden‘s visit to California over the weekend, according to authorities.

Police in Tustin said in a press release that officers responded to the call of a possible robbery at around 9:36 p.m. PT on Saturday in a local residential community.

Officers found a member of the Secret Service whose bag was stolen at gunpoint, Tustin police said, adding that an “officer (agent) involved shooting occurred” during the incident.

Tustin police said it was unclear whether any suspect was injured as a result of the shooting, but officers did locate some of the victim’s belongings in the area.

Authorities opened an investigation into the incident and shared an image of a suspect vehicle, which may be a 2004-2006 silver Infiniti FX35 or a similar vehicle.

“There is no known threat to the public,” Tustin police added.

In a statement, Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the “victim of an armed robbery” was an employee who “was returning from a work assignment.”

Guglielmi said the employee “discharged their service weapon during the incident” and noted that it was “unknown if the assailants were struck.”

“We are thankful that the employee did not sustain any injuries,” Guglielmi added.

Biden attended a fundraiser in Los Angeles on Saturday evening with Hollywood celebrities and former President Barack Obama.

Scripps News reported that Biden had returned to his hotel in Los Angeles a little before 9 p.m.


Tustin is located in Orange County, about 34 miles southeast of Los Angeles, just north of the city of Irvine.

While it is unclear whether the Secret Service employee who was mugged was attached to Biden’s visit, the robbery prompted some political commentary on social media about public safety in the United States.

“Secret Service confirms agent was robbed at gunpoint during Biden’s California trip,” said a Republican National Committee account on X. “NO ONE IS SAFE IN BIDEN’S AMERICA!”

Biden is running for a second term. An official with his re-election campaign said more than $30 million was raised at the star-studded fundraiser in Los Angeles, per NBC News.

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