Gunman who opened fire at Trump resort in May formally charged with attempted murder, burglary

June 10, 2018

Gunman who opened fire at Trump resort in May formally charged with attempted murder, burglary Gage Skidmore / CCL

A Miami man who broke into the Trump National Doral resort, hung an American flag across the lobby counter, and got into a gun battle with police officers last month was formally charged with attempted murder and other felonies on Friday.

Jonathan Oddi did not appear in criminal court as the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office read off the indictment, charging the 42-year-old with attempted murder of law enforcement officers, armed burglary, and armed grand theft.

Crazed gunman charged

Investigators are still unsure what possessed Oddi to break into the resort. Police say that he was ranting about President Donald Trump, former President Barack Obama, and rap icon P. Diddy at some point during the arrest.

Oddi is alive today thanks to the skillful restraint demonstrated by responding police officers, a fact that his lawyers recognized in a statement following his indictment. Defense attorneys Christopher DeCoste and Tara Kawass said that their client is “extremely sorry” about what happened and thanked officers who “skillfully diffused [sic] the situation without loss of life and only minimal injury to Mr. Oddi.”

Police shot Oddi in the legs before detaining him. He was hospitalized for a couple of days before being transferred to Miami-Dade jail.

“Mr. Oddi is coming to realize exactly what happened and is extremely remorseful,” his defense team added. “Why did this happen? Much of our work will go towards answering that question. “

The Trump Organization purchased the Doral hotel in 2012 and has used it to host an annual golf tournament in the past.

Soft targets

Since President Donald Trump entered public office, his hotel properties have subjected to a variety of concerning attacks. The 98-story Trump Tower in Chicago has received at least two bomb threats since the building’s namesake entered the Oval Office.

Additionally, in April, a man wielding a metal pole broke into the Trump International Hotel in New York City, intent on hurting Trump son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. Officers who detained 30-year-old Matthew Pilling found a note detailing his plans to hurt Kushner then commit suicide by jumping from the top of the property.

With 264 properties bearing the president’s name in the United States, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Canada, and India, some experts worry that Trump’s commercial holdings could become “soft targets” for terrorist attacks.

So far, it appears that only the mentally ill have targeted the buildings. These individuals are likely responding to the passionate anti-Trump vitriol perpetually broadcasted on news and entertainment programs in the American media.

But it’s only a matter of time before professional terrorist organizations attempt to mimic the attack in Mumbai, India, and capitalize on the value of hitting a Trump-sponsored venue. This is why Republicans insist on a high defense budget: nothing is more important than keeping Americans safe.


Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is a regular contributor at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Yahoo News.