It was a dinner to remember for former President Ford.
A waiter with a loaded pistol was grabbed by Secret Service agents at a restaurant where Ford was dining Sunday night. No threat was made and no one was injured.Rama Djongalaj, 38, of New York was carrying the loaded .38-caliber pistol, police spokesman Robert Samuel said.
"No attempt was made on the former president's life," Samuel said. "The Secret Service had information that a waiter was carrying a loaded weapon."
Samuel said Djongalaj was carrying the unlicensed gun because he was "distraught" about another matter, but Samuel could not provide any details.
The waiter has worked at the Manhattan restaurant, Primavera, for 10 years. He was charged with weapons possession.
Ford, 83, became vice president after Spiro Agnew resigned in 1973. He became president in 1974 when Richard Nixon resigned, but Ford lost the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter.
Ford was the target of two assassination attempts while in office.
On Sept. 5, 1975, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme pointed a gun at Ford in Sacramento, Calif.
Less than two weeks later, on Sept. 22 in San Francisco, Sara Jane Moore fired at Ford but missed. He wasn't injured in either attempt.