Latest Mar-a-Lago Intruder Appears at First Court Hearing

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—The latest Chinese intruder at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida appeared in court on Dec. 19, with a judge appointing a public defender as her lawyer and ordering that she remain in custody.

Jing Lu, 56, is charged with misdemeanor counts of loitering or prowling and resisting arrest without violence. A judge granted $2,000 bail but ordered Lu to be remain in custody because she is in the United States on an expired visa.

The judge also issued an order that Lu stay away from Mar-a-Lago, located on the wealthy Palm Beach barrier island.

Palm Beach police say Lu was confronted by the private club’s security officers at the club’s main entrance and told to leave, but she returned to take photos by walking down to a service gate.

This Dec. 18, 2019 booking photo provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, in Fla., shows Jing Lu. Lu, a Chinese national who trespassed at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club on Wednesday, and was arrested when she refused to leave, police said. This is the second time this year a Chinese national has been charged with illicitly entering the Florida resort. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

According to a police affidavit, when security personnel approached, Lu fled on foot and was eventually apprehended in the tony Worth Avenue shopping district in Palm Beach. When officers approached her, Lu “balled up her hands into fists, crossed her arms on her chest, began screaming ‘no, no, no’ and pulling away from me,” one officer wrote in the affidavit.

After that, Lu was handcuffed and taken into custody. The affidavit says Lu refused to let investigators view the photos on her cellphone and asked immediately for a lawyer, cutting off further questioning.

Neither Trump nor his family members were at Mar-a-Lago when the incident took place. They are expected to arrive by this weekend and spend the holidays there.

In Bejing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said he was not familiar with the Lu case.

Lu’s arrest follows that in March of Yujing Zhang, a 33-year-old Shanghai businesswoman, who gained access to Mar-a-Lago while carrying a laptop, phones and other electronic gear. That led to speculation she might be a spy, but she was never charged with espionage.

Zhang was found guilty in September of trespassing and lying to Secret Service agents and was sentenced last month to time served. She is being held for deportation.

In another Mar-a-Lago trespassing case, a University of Wisconsin student was arrested in November 2018 after he mixed in with guests being admitted to the club. He pleaded guilty in May and received probation.

By Curt Anderson


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