On Friday morning, two women who reportedly breached security checkpoints at Mar-a-Lago were taken into custody after shots were fired.
WPVF reported, “Two female suspects now in custody after breaching two barricades near the winter White House Mar a Lago on Palm Beach/pursued by FHP — shots fired into the vehicle.”
BREAKING: two female suspects now in custody after breaching two barricades near the winter white house Mar a lago on Palm Beach / pursued by FHP – shots fired into the vehicle @WPBF25News pic.twitter.com/t73iSxWJJZ
— Terri Parker (@wpbf_terri) January 31, 2020
Local 10 filled in more details: that an an SUV breached two security checkpoints at roughly 11:40 a.m. at the main entrance to Mar-a-Lago, prompting authorities to open fire. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera stated that the vehicle fled after Florida Highway Patrol troopers and a sheriff’s helicopter pursued it.
President Trump is supposed to spend the weekend at Mar-a-Lago.
WSVN 7 News reported, “Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office sources telling 7 News that there is an incident at Mar A Lago there in Palm Beach. According to this source, someone ran the northern checkpoint near the property, and then deputies fired at this person. Secret Service officials have fired at this person as well, and this person, who sources believe is a woman, was still able to get away. Officials are saying this person ran from the scene and is still out there.”
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) January 31, 2020
In January, The Daily Wire noted:
A security incident at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort Monday night has triggered a criminal investigation by the Secret Service in conjunction with the Palm Beach Police Department. A police department spokesman revealed to reporters early Tuesday afternoon that an “open and active criminal investigation” is underway related to an incident that occurred Monday night and that no arrests have been made, but declined to provide further details. However, the department did provide what The Miami Herald describes as “a nearly completely redacted incident report showing officers were called around 7 p.m. to ‘assist’ another law enforcement agency.”
The Daily Wire reported on December 19, “A second Chinese national, again a woman, was arrested trying to trespass on President Donald Trump’s ‘southern White House,’ his Mar-a-Lago estate and social club, according to the Associated Press.
AP reported, “Jing Lu, 56, was confronted by the private club’s security officers and told to leave, but she returned to take photos, Palm Beach police spokesman Michael Ogrodnick said in an email. Palm Beach officers were called and arrested her. It was determined she had an expired visa, Ogrodnick said.”
The Daily Wire continued:
Lu spent the night in the Palm Beach County jail, the AP adds, before being charged with a host of crimes including “loitering and prowling.” The outlet did not specify whether Lu’s camera and photos were confiscated, but photos are allowed inside Mar-a-Lago.
This is at least the second time this year that a Chinese national has been caught trying to sneak into Mar-a-Lago, though this time the Chinese national in question wasn’t nearly as prepared. Back in March, Mar-a-Lago security intercepted a Chinese woman, later identified as 33-year-old Yujing Zhang, as she tried to make her way through the club to the pool area, carrying a laptop and several phones and flash drives.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.