An Iranian national armed with a pair of knives, a machete, and a pickax was detained Friday by police about four miles from President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Officers responded to a call at around 9:30 a.m. about a suspicious person in Bradley Park, which is northeast of the Flagler Memorial Bridge, according to Palm Beach Police Department public information officer Michael Ogrodnick.
They arrested a man named Masoud Yareilzoleh on a charge related to a concealed weapons violation, Ogrodnick told the Washington Examiner. In addition to two knives, a machete, and pickax, police, found the man to have $22,000 and a passport showing he is an Iranian national in the U.S. legally.
Palm Beach police are conducting an investigation with the help of federal partners, which includes an examination of a car parked at Palm Beach International Airport. Yareilzoleh, who is in Palm Beach County Jail, has been given a notice to appear in court.
A Palm Beach Daily News photographer saw Yareilzoleh, with camping gear, get arrested by arrested by three Palm Beach Police officers and two plainclothes officers who were said to be from another department. The Palm Beach Post published photos of the arrest, showing Zoleh wearing a brown vest over a blue shirt and cargo pants.
The arrest Friday comes days after Iran launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops in response to the U.S. airstrike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Quds Force, outside Baghdad International Airport.
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Source: Washington Examiner