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Police Respond To Trespassing Call At Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Secret Service Conduct Sweep: Report

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Palm Beach Police reportedly responded to a trespassing call at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Thursday. It is unclear whether Trump was at his Florida residence at the time.

“Police vehicles were seen outside the club on Thursday morning but have now departed, according to local media. A Secret Service team also reportedly conducted a sweep of the grounds after police left. The Palm Beach Police Department tells Fox News Digital the Secret Service contacted them when a male refused to leave the resort,” Fox News reported.

“So it was it was a routine trespass complaint for us. And by routine, I don’t necessarily mean like routine for Mar a Lago, just there was nothing really out of the ordinary about it,” Cpt. Will Rothrock told Fox. “At 8:08 this morning, we had a male subject that was stopped at one of the gates refusing to leave the property. We responded, spoke briefly with him, and he was issued a written warning for trespass and he left the area so there wasn’t an incident report or anything associated with it.”

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The incident comes less than a week after a man broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home in California and assaulted her husband, Paul Pelosi.

David DePape, the man who allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi in his home, has been hit with two federal charges and six state charges.

The Department of Justice filed the charges on Monday and said that the attacker admitted that he wanted to hold Nancy Pelosi hostage and get her to tell the “truth” and if she did not he was prepared to break her kneecaps, it said. He said he wanted her to be wheeled into Congress as a warning to other Congressmembers that there were consequences for their actions.

“DEPAPE stated that he was going to hold Nancy hostage and talk to her. If Nancy were to tell DEPAPE the ‘truth,’ he would let her go, and if she ‘lied,’ he was going to break ‘her kneecaps. DEPAPE was certain that Nancy would not have told the ‘truth,’” the Department of Justice said.

“In the course of the interview, DEPAPE articulated he viewed Nancy as the ‘leader of the pack’ of lies told by the Democratic Party. DEPAPE also later explained that by breaking Nancy’s kneecaps, she would then have to be wheeled into Congress, which would show other Members of Congress there were consequences to actions,” it said.

“DEPAPE also explained generally that he wanted to use Nancy to lure another individual to DEPAPE,” it said.

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The Department of Justice issued a press release on the suspect and the charges.

“A California man was charged today with assault and attempted kidnapping in violation of federal law in connection with the break-in at the residence of Nancy and Paul Pelosi in San Francisco on Friday,” the department said.

“According to the complaint, David Wayne DePape, 42, of Richmond, was arrested on Friday inside the Pelosi residence by San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) police officers responding to a 911 call from Paul Pelosi, husband of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Paul Pelosi later described to police that he had been asleep when DePape, whom he had never seen before, entered his bedroom looking for Nancy Pelosi,” it said.

“According to the complaint, minutes after the 911 call, two police officers responded to the Pelosi residence where they encountered Paul Pelosi and DePape struggling over a hammer. Officers told the men to drop the hammer, and DePape allegedly gained control of the hammer and swung it, striking Pelosi in the head. Officers immediately restrained DePape, while Pelosi appeared to be unconscious on the ground. As set forth in the complaint, once DePape was restrained, officers secured a roll of tape, white rope, a second hammer, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves, and zip ties from the crime scene, where officers also observed a broken glass door to the back porch,” the department said.

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“DePape is charged with one count of assault of an immediate family member of a United States official with the intent to retaliate against the official on account of the performance of official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. DePape is also charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a United States official on account of the performance of official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison,” it said.

“U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds for the Northern District of California, Special Agent in Charge Robert K. Tripp of the FBI San Francisco Field Office, and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the U.S. Capitol Police made the announcement,” the department said.

“The Special Prosecutions Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California is prosecuting the case.

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“The FBI San Francisco Field Office, the U.S. Capitol Police, and the San Francisco Police Department are investigating the case,” it said.

And San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced the state’s own set of charges, including attempted murder, burglary, elder abuse, false imprisonment of an elder, assault with a deadly weapon, and threats to a public official and their family.

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