Three teenagers were arrested after hopping the wall at President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida while carrying a loaded AK-47 in a backpack, according to police.
The 15-year-old boys were arrested shortly after they entered the resort grounds on Friday and dumped the backpack containing a mini AK-47 with a loaded 14-round magazine, Palm Beach Police spokesman Michael Ogrodnick confirmed to The Hill on Thursday.
The spokesman said the teens were fleeing police while carrying the backpack with the loaded gun, but he said they didn’t know where they were when they jumped over the wall of Mar-a-Lago.
“It had nothing to do with Mar-a-Lago,” he said.
The club is closed for the summer, and Ogrodnick reportedly said the teenagers are lucky neither the president nor any family members were there because Secret Service agents may have shot them.
The three teens were charged with armed trespassing, armed burglary and resisting arrest without violence, the Palm Beach Post reported.
The teens were seen by police in a silver Hyundai around midnight Friday with the daytime running lights on, the newspaper reported citing a police report. The boys reportedly sped away with the car’s headlights turned off when officers approached.
The police report alleges that a second police vehicle attempted to stop the car, and the boys then abruptly stopped the car and ran toward Mar-a-Lago, according to the newspaper.
Ogrodnick told CBS News on Wednesday that the teens said they didn’t own the AK-47 but had found it.
—Updated at 2:30 p.m.