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Iranian man arrested with machete, pickax, knives & $22K just 3 miles from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

A February 2018 photograph shows Mar-a-Lago's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. (Bruce R. Bennett/Palm Beach Post/TNS)

A man who was heavily armed and carrying a wad of money was arrested in Palm Beach on Friday, police say.

Palm Beach Police officers responded to calls about a person sleeping in the gazebo in Bradley Park around 9:30 a.m., according to police spokesman Michael Ogrodnick.

By the time officers arrived, the man was standing, Ogrodnick said. Officers found he was carrying a machete, a pickax, two knives and $22,000.

Officers arrested him on suspicion of carrying concealed weapons, which is a misdemeanor, Ogrodnick said. The man, identified as Masoud Yareilzoleh, was given a notice to appear in court.

Ogrodnick said Yareilzoleh’s ID showed he is an Iranian national, and that he was in the U.S. legally.

Officers determined he had a car parked at Palm Beach International Airport, which they’re currently investigating.


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