Los Angeles CBSLocal - August 7, 2019
LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders took the stage at a rally in Long Beach City College Tuesday night, never mentioning the possible threat made against him and his supporters.
Over the weekend, Long Beach Police were tipped off to what may have been a threat related to the rally, and on Monday arrested 27-year-old Raphael Guzman at his home in Huntington Park.
They booked him on suspicion of making criminal threats and threatening a public official.
Guzman was later freed after posting $50,000 bail.
Long Beach Police Lt. Lee de Brabander said Guzman was released only because authorities did not believe he posed a serious threat. “If we believed that there was an ongoing credible threat, there would be additional charges and the bail would be increased further,” he said.
Some Sanders supporters at the rally told CBSLA they weren’t going to let fear keep them away from it, and although Sanders didn’t mention the possible threat, the Vermont Senator did spend some time talking about the weekend’s horrific mass shootings: “Everyone here has seen and heard and has been demoralized by the tragedies we’ve seen in the last week right here in California, in El Paso, and in Dayton, Ohio.”