Palm Beach police have arrested a man armed with a set of knives near President Donald Trump’s Florida resort. US media emphasized he is an Iranian national while bringing up a non-existent $80mn Iranian ‘bounty’ on Trump’s head.
The man had no known address and was detained on the Flagler Memorial Bridge on Friday morning. He had “several knives” and an undisclosed amount of cash on him, according to WPTV.
Other local outlets claimed the man’s arsenal included a machete, two knives, a pick axe and $2,200 in cash, and that a bomb squad was searching his vehicle, found at the Palm Beach International Airport.
Photos taken by a WPEC-TV reporter showed a Saturn getting towed away from the parking garage, with ‘I’m Germany’ [sic] written on the back window.
BREAKING: Palm Beach PD confirm authorities searched car at Palm Beach Intl airport, tied to arrest of Iranian man found on bridge to Palm Beach with machete, pick axe, and knives. As we pulled up, we saw this car being towed. Not sure if this is the vehicle. @CBS12pic.twitter.com/QpA2HuTM88
— Jay O’Brien (@jayobtv) January 10, 2020
The arrest comes just days after Iran fired missiles at two US bases in Iraq, in revenge for the US drone attack that killed Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad international airport. There were no casualties in the strikes and both Trump and Iran chose not to escalate the situation any further.
There were multiple reports in Western media that Iran had offered a $80 million bounty for the killing of Trump, but those reports were based on comments made by an unidentified mourner at Soleimani’s funeral, rather than an actual government announcements.
The bridge where the suspect was arrested is less than 5 kilometers (3 miles) north of Mar-a-Lago, the resort Trump favors on the weekends and holidays. Federal officials were involved in the investigation, according to WPBF-TV.
Mar-a-Lago has been a popular destination for tourists hoping to get a glimpse of the US president. In two instances so far, Chinese tourists that made their way to the private club grounds have been detained by the authorities. A 56-year-old woman was arrested for trespassing on December 18, while a 33-year-old pleaded guilty to an earlier trespassing incident in April.
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