After scaling a wall to break into Mar-a-Lago with a loaded AK-47, three ‘teens’ claim they “found” the weapon and didn’t know where they were.
Michael Ogrodnick, the Palm Beach Police Department spokesperson, told the Miami Herald that the three were arrested shortly after entering the property.
“They had no idea where they were,” Ogrodnick told the newspaper.
The president and his family were not at the club, which is closed for the summer, according to Ogrodnick.
A spokesperson for the Palm Beach Police Department did not immediately return FOX News’ request for comment.
WPTV reported that police spotted the teens parked in a silver Hyundai around midnight on Friday. When officers approached the vehicle, the driver took off toward Mar-a-Lago.
The three then jumped Mar-a-Lago’s wall and hid on the resort’s grounds before officers surrounded the club, and a helicopter and police dog were used to help find them.
A police spokesperson told the television station that Mar-a-Lago security found a backpack on a seawall on the property, containing a Mini Draco 7.62 caliber AK-47 with a 14-round magazine. The teens claimed they didn’t own the AK-47 and had “found it.” They added that they were trying to evade police and it was a coincidence that they had ended up at Trump’s club.
WPTV reported that the teens, whose identities have not been released, are being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center in West Palm Beach.
According to the Herald, the teens are charged with trespassing with a firearm, burglary with a firearm and resisting arrest without violence and prosecutors are deciding whether to charge the teens as adults.
Local NBC affiliate WPTV reports that police confirmed the “teens” were seen loitering in a silver Hyundai automobile “parked in the 300 block of Middle Road.”
When police approached the vehicle, the occupants took off and fled.
The trespassers were unable to evade detection for long within the property, and were apprehended without being allowed to put up any resistance.
Police have charged the interlopers with resisting arrest, armed trespassing, and armed burglary. It is unknown if weapons charges related to the AK-47 will be pursued by local authorities.
One of the teens reportedly told police that the trio had “found” the semi-automatic rifle when asked why it was in their possession. The group also claimed they had no idea that they had trespassed on property belonging to Donald Trump.
A police spokesperson said the trespassers were “lucky” that the President was not residing in Mar-a-Lago at the time of the intrusion, as they may have been shot down by police or the Secret Service if he was.