Palm Beach Police were chasing three teenagers fleeing police jumped a wall at Mar-a-Lago.
Palm Beach Police spokesman Michael Ogrodnick said the 15-year-old boys were arrested shortly after they entered the grounds of the resort and dumped the backpack, which contained a loaded mini AK-47.
“They had no idea where they were.”
The three were lucky that neither the president nor any family members were there, because Secret Service agents would have shot them. The club is currently closed for the summer.
According to CBS News
A Palm Beach officer spotted the teens sitting in a parked car early in the morning about 2 miles north of Mar-a-Lago. When he turned on his overhead lights, the car sped south toward Mar-a-Lago.
As they approached the club, the teens spotted a second officer who was conducting an unrelated traffic stop and abruptly stopped the car, probably thinking it was a roadblock set up to catch them, Ogrodnick said.
The three bolted, jumped Mar-a-Lago’s nearby wall and hid on the resort’s grounds. Officers surrounded the club and a helicopter and police dog were used to help find them. Ogrodnick said they never tried to get inside any of the resort’s buildings.
The teens are charged with trespassing with a firearm, burglary with a firearm and resisting arrest without violence. They are being held at a juvenile detention facility while prosecutors decide whether to charge them as adults.
Mar-a-Lago has been the scene of several intrusions since Trump became president:
- On Jan. 31, a Connecticut opera singer fleeing police in a rented SUV crashed through a checkpoint outside of Mar-a-Lago, drawing gunfire from Secret Service agents and officers.
- On Jan. 5, just hours after Trump and his family had left the club following a two-week vacation, a Florida man who had been dishonorably discharged from the Marines for sex offenses was arrested after he got past two checkpoints.
- In March 2019, Chinese national Yujing Zhang gained access to Mar-a-Lago while carrying a laptop, phones and other electronic gear. That led to initial speculation that the 33-year-old businesswoman from Shanghai might be a spy, but she was never charged with espionage.
- In December, the club’s security officers confronted another Chinese national, Jing Lu, 56, for trespassing and told her to leave, but she returned to take photos. Lu was charged with loitering and resisting an officer without violence after taking photos by entering a service entrance.
- On Thanksgiving weekend 2018, a University of Wisconsin student visiting the area with his parents walked into Mar-a-Lago by mingling with a group that was entering. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.
(via CBS News)