Man who ambushed the press at Trump's El Paso rally won't be charged

The man who ambushed reporters during President Trump’s campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday night will not face charges, according to local law enforcement.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Department told the Washington Examiner Wednesday the unnamed suspect is not facing criminal charges for breaking into the media section at the rally and pushing over reporters and cameramen because media companies never filed a report of the incident.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said they do not have a name of the suspect because none of the victims came forward to file a formal complaint, which would have propelled an investigation and charges.

“[T]he reporter did not file a report with the Sheriff’s Office so we do not have any information on him,” spokeswoman Christina Acosta wrote in an email.

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On Monday, the man ran down five steps in the press area then jumped onto a crowded platform where dozens of press people were gathered, watching the president speak on stage. The suspect elbowed and knocked over standing cameras then began fighting people.

A BBC reporter standing on the platform said his cameraman appeared to be the focus of the attacker. According to police, the BBC did not file a complaint or report with local law enforcement.

Secret Service said its personnel did not escort the man out of the El Paso County Coliseum following the incident and that event staff were the ones who did. A Trump campaign official in the media section confirmed afterward it was a non-media person who had intentionally gone after reporters.

Paul Danahar, BBC News Americas bureau editor, told the Washington Examiner in an email Tuesday he had written the White House and Trump campaign about the incident and would not be saying anything else about it.

The Trump campaign, White House, El Paso Police Department, and Secret Service did not respond with information on the incident.

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