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Police: Fleeing teens jumped Mar-a-Lago wall with AK-47 in backpack

The Mar-a-Lago estate is seen where President Donald Trump is hosting a meeting with Caribbean leaders on March 22, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Saul Martinez/Getty Images/TNS)

Three 15-year-old boys are in custody after police said they jumped the wall into Mar-a-Lago after fleeing from police. They had a backpack that contained a Mini Draco 7.62 caliber AK-47, police said.

Three teenagers were charged with armed trespassing, armed burglary and resisting arrest without violence after they fled police officers and jumped a wall into Mar-a-Lago with an AK-47 concealed in a backpack, according to Palm Beach Police.

The 15-year-old boys were seen by police parked in a silver Hyundai around midnight Friday in the 300 block of Middle Road with the daytime running lights on, the report said.

When officers approached, the driver sped away toward South Ocean Boulevard, with the car’s headlights turned off.

A second police vehicle attempted to stop the Hyundai on South Ocean Boulevard, but the suspects abruptly stopped the car near the Southern Boulevard Bridge and ran toward President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, the report said.

Palm Beach Police alerted Mar-a-Lago security, who found a backpack and a key on the seawall on the southwest corner of the property. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office also was alerted.

Inside the backpack, investigators found a Mini Draco 7.62 caliber AK-47 with a 14-round magazine.

The teens were found inside the property “a short time later,” and taken into custody, but the report is unclear on what time they were found.

The car’s driver faces an additional charge of driving without a license. The vehicle belongs to his mother, police said.

Palm Beach Police spokesman Michael Ogrodnick told the Daily News that the suspects didn’t give police any information when questioned about the AK-47, but eventually one of them replied that he had “found it.” As of Wednesday, police still had no information on the gun’s owner.

“Honestly, I really don’t believe they even realized where they were in terms of location and proximity to Mar-a-Lago,” Ogrodnick said.

The teens are being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center in West Palm Beach pending a decision from the State Attorney’s Office on whether they will face felony charges as adults.


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