An Iranian national armed with a machete, ax, and knives was detained by police in Palm Beach, Florida and police bomb squads searched his car at the nearby airport.
The suspect, Masoud Yareioeill Zoleh, was identified by his passport while being taken into custody on Flagler Memorial Bridge on Friday morning.
He had in his possession $22,000 in U.S. currency, a machete, and a pick ax, in addition to the knives, the Palm Beach Daily News reported.
Zoleh was arrested by three Palm Beach Police officers and two plainclothes officers who were reportedly from a different department,
An investigation is open, and local police are cooperating with federal authorities.
Public Information Officer Michael Ogrodnick revealed that authorities received a call about Zoleh and dispatched to the scene. Details regarding what the call entailed were not given.
Zoleh has been given a notice to appear in court, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Police said that the man did not appear to have a fixed or known address.
There were also reports of police activity at Palm Beach International Airport, where sources say a bomb unit was called in to check the Iranian man’s car at the airport’s short term parking lot.
An ‘all clear’ was given at the airport on Friday afternoon and operations have returned to normal.
It comes days after Iranian officials offered an $80 million bounty for the murder of President Trump.
The Flagler Memorial Bridge is about four miles from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, but the president is currently at the White House in Washington DC.
President Trump recently spent the holidays at Mar-a-Lago, and it is possible that he may return as soon as next weekend.
The FAA issued flight restrictions over Palm Beach airspace effective January 17 to 19, a typical indication that a presidential visit may be scheduled.
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