Palm Beach, FL – Three teenage boys with an AK-47 in a backpack were arrested on the grounds of President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago.
Palm Beach Police Spokesman Michael Ogrodnick said the incident began when an officer spotted a group of teens sitting in a parked car in the 300-block of Middle Road, about two miles north of Mar-a-Lago, just after midnight, the Miami Herald reported.
The officer turned on his lights and the car fled south toward the posh club owned by President Trump.
The fleeing silver Hyundai encountered another police officer conducting a traffic stop as it neared the club, according to the Miami Herald.
That’s when the teens stopped, jumped out of their vehicle, and fled on foot, jumping over the wall onto the grounds of Mar-a-Lago.
Ogrodnick said police believed the three 15-year-old boys had been spooked by the other police car, thinking it was a roadblock set up to catch them, the Miami Herald reported.
Police surrounded the club’s property and brought in a helicopter and a K9 officer to help find the suspects hiding on Mar-a-Lago’s extensive grounds.
The teens were located and arrested, the Miami Herald reported.
“They had no idea where they were,” Ogrodnick said.
He said it was pure coincidence that they’d jumped the fence into the private club owned by the President while fleeing from police.
Mar-a-Lago staff found a backpack the boys had ditched on a seawall inside the property, WPTV reported.
Police said there was a loaded Mini Draco 7.62 caliber AK-47 with a 14-round magazine in the bag.
The three 15 year olds claimed that the rifle wasn’t theirs, and said they had found it, the Miami Herald reported.
They were all arrested and charged with trespassing with a firearm, burglary with a firearm, and resisting arrest without violence.
They were booked into the Juvenile Assessment Center in West Palm Beach, WPTV reported.
No decision has been reached on whether to charge the teens as adults, according to the Miami Herald.
Their identities have not been released because of their ages.
Ogrodnick said it was fortunate that neither President Trump nor any of his family were in residence when the incident occurred as the fleeing teens could have easily been shot by Secret Service, the Miami Herald reported.
Police said the teens did not attempt to access any of the buildings on the property.
Mar-a-Lago is closed for the summer, the Miami Herald reported.
Police have dealt with a number of strange disturbances at the President’s club since he was elected.
In February, an opera singer having a mental health breakdown was arrested after driving through two U.S. Secret Service barricades at the entrance.