2 in Custody After Security Breach at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort

January 31, 2020 Updated: January 31, 2020
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Two people were arrested after breaching security at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s resort in Florida, on Friday.

Florida Highway Patrol officers were in pursuit of a black SUV when the vehicle headed toward two security points at the resort in Palm Beach.

“The SUV breached both security check points heading towards the main entrance,” the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

“Officials (still trying to determine) discharged their firearms at the vehicle. The vehicle fled while being pursued by FHP and PBSO helicopter.”

The vehicle was located and two people were taken into custody, the sheriff’s office said.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn toward Marine One at the White House in Washington on Jan. 17, 2020. The Trump family was headed to Mar-a-Lago for the weekend. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

There was a heavy police presence near Mar-a-Lago with Florida Highway Patrol, sheriff’s office vehicles, and unmarked Secret Service vehicles in the area, according to footage from local reporter Terri Parker. She said the two suspects in custody are both female.

The incident came hours before Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were scheduled to arrive at Mar-a-Lago.

A schedule released by the White House said the couple was slated to depart the White House at 4 p.m. to fly to Joint Base Andrews. They’d fly from there to Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, arriving around 6:35 p.m.

The scheduled arrival at the resort was 6:55 p.m.

The White House didn’t immediately respond to the incident.

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