An armed Iranian national has been detained in Florida, close to President Trump’s residence Mar-a-Lago.
The man, according to his passport was from Iran, he was arrested by police on the morning of Friday, Jan. 10, at the east end of the Flagler Memorial Bridge, about four miles from the president’s home.
He was in possession of a machete, knives, and pickax, and was carrying $22,000 in U.S. currency, reported the Palm Beach Daily.
His passport identified him as Masoud Yareioeill Zoleh, with no fixed address.
Zoleh was also discovered to have a car parked at Palm Beach International Airport, Public Information Officer Michael Ogrodnick said. A bomb investigation unit was called in to search the vehicle for explosives.
#BREAKING: Palm Beach police say an Iranian national was detained Friday after being found with a machete, pick axe and two knives at Flagler Memorial Bridge, which is four miles from President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.https://t.co/GL7xtJ6t53
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) January 10, 2020
Palm Beach Daily reported:
A man arrested by Palm Beach Police this morning had $22,000, a machete and a pickax, in addition to knives in his possession, according to an officer with the department.
The man, who was identified by his passport as an Iranian national, also had a car parked at Palm Beach International Airport, the officer said.
The department is working with other federal partners in the investigation, the officer said.
The man was arrested just over the Flagler Memorial Bridge at Bradley Park. Initial reports said he had several knives on him. No details are available on what led to the man being brought to officers’ attention.
The law enforcement officer initially told the Daily News that the man appeared to be homeless or without a known address.
A Daily News photographer who arrived on the scene saw the man, who also had camping gear, being arrested by three Palm Beach Police officers and two plainclothes officers, who he was told were from another department.
An investigation is underway, and Zoleh has been given notice to appear in court.
The president was not in his Florida residence on Friday; he was in the White House.
The man’s arrest comes just days after Iran attacked U.S. military bases in Iraq with ballistic missiles, in retaliation for the U.S. precision airstrike on Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Iranian Quds Force, at the Baghdad International Airport last week.