Knife-Wielding Man Believed to Be Iranian National Detained 4 Miles From Mar-a-Lago
Authorities in Florida detained a knife-wielding man believed to be an Iranian national on Friday, according to local news outlets.
Police are investigating the incident, which occurred when the man was found holding several knives on Flagler Memorial Bridge in Palm Beach, NBC affiliate WPTV reported.
Officers said the man was carrying an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency and had no known address, according to WPTV.
The Flagler Memorial Beach is located only four miles from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s South Florida club.
The Palm Beach Police Department said earlier in the week it was conducting an “open and active criminal investigation” following an incident at the resort on Monday night.
The Secret Service had heightened security around the club in the wake of a U.S. air strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, CNBC reported.
Tensions with Iran remain high, following weeks of military actions between the Middle Eastern nation and the U.S.
Speaking to reporters in Washington Thursday, President Donald Trump said he believes Iran is responsible for a plane crash, which killed 176 passengers earlier in the week.
“Somebody could have made a mistake on the other side,” he said, noting the plane was flying in a “pretty rough neighborhood.”
While he did not directly accuse the Islamic Republic, Trump dismissed Tehran’s claims that a mechanical issue was at fault.
“Some people say it was mechanical,” he said. “I personally don’t think that’s even a question.”
A video widely disseminated on social media shows a Ukrainian passenger plane being struck, apparently with a missile, over Tehran.
The New York Times authenticated the video on Thursday.
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