The Secret Service arrested one of the El Paso, Texas, survivors that President Donald Trump intended to honor when he arrived at the White House.
What's the background?
On Monday, President Trump honored survivors and heroes of the El Paso massacre to the White House.
On Aug. 3, a 21-year-old man entered a Walmart in El Paso and opened fire, murdering 22 people and wounding dozens others. He was later apprehended by police. He later admitted to targeting Hispanics.
One of the invitees was 50-year-old Chris Grant. In addition to being shot during the attack, Grant claimed to have thrown things, including bottles, at the attacker. Trump also praised Grant, asking his family to thank him on behalf of the country.
A GoFundMe for Grant has raised nearly $17,000.
But police say that this heroism never happened.
"Nobody bothered to check with us," El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo told the Washington Examiner. "They would have been informed, as I am telling you now, that our detectives reviewed hours of video and his actions did not match his account."
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Why was he arrested?
By all accounts, the Secret Service was not interested in whether or not Grant's story of heroism was accurate. What they did care about, however, was his active arrest warrant.
According to court documents reviewed by the Washington Examiner, Grant pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing a car. In 2016, he also pleaded guilty to stealing televisions and evading arrest. He was sentenced to eight months in prison in March.
But soon after his arrest, he was released.
"On Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, a White House visitor with an arrest warrant was temporarily detained by U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers," a spokesperson for the Secret Service explained to the Washington Examiner. "It was subsequently determined that while the arrest warrant was still active, the agency that issued the warrant would not extradite, at which time the individual was released from Secret Service custody."