BREAKING NEWS: Iranian national ‘armed with knives and carrying $22,000 in cash’ is detained on a bridge just four miles from Mar-a-Lago – as police search his car parked at Palm Beach airport
- Masoud Yareioeill Zoleh, an Iranian national, was arrested on Friday on the Flagler Memorial Bridge
- Cops say he had a machete, pick-ax, knives and $22,000 in US currency
- Bomb squads searched a car belonging to the man at nearby airport
- The FBI has been notified and federal authorities are assisting the investigation
- Zoleh has been given a notice to appear in court
An Iranian national armed with knives has been 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.
The Palm Beach police department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.
The man was taken into custody on Flagler Memorial Bridge (above) on Friday
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
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 Donald Trump.
The Flagler Memorial Bridge is about four miles from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club (above), but the president is currently at the White House in Washington DC
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.
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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