Palm Beach Police: Indiana man tried to force his way into Mar-a-Lago on Jan. 6
By ADRIANA DELGADO | The Palm Beach Post | Published: January 15, 2020
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Tribune News Service) — Palm Beach Police say an Indiana man tried to gain access to Mar-a-Lago through the Southern Boulevard gate entrance on Jan. 6, a day after President Donald Trump left the property.
According to a police report released Tuesday, Eric Kvasnica, 34, was seen by Mar-a-Lago security shouting and attempting to enter the club. Security described Kvasnica to police as "wearing a long sleeve brown shirt and gray pants."
When officers arrived, they saw a Mar-a-Lago security guard near the Southern Boulevard entrance, the report said. The guards told police that Kvasnica had just entered a black four-door vehicle, which was in the parking lot adjacent to the Mar-a-Lago property.
Officers made a traffic stop on Kvasnica's vehicle on the Southern Causeway near the Southern bridge. After being questioned, Kvasnica turned to his vehicle and began to leave.
The report cites that "for officer safety reasons," police requested Kvasnica to turn off and exit the vehicle while police searched inside. No weapons were located.
Palm Beach Police contacted the U.S. Secret Service and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Behavioral Services unit. The report says that Kvasnica was transported without further incident but doesn't disclose where he was taken. He was released later that day.
Michael Ogrodnick, spokesman for Palm Beach Police, said on Jan. 6 that the Secret Service was the lead agency on the incident, and that the department could not comment on an open investigation.
The incident came a day after Trump and his family left Palm Beach after a 17-day vacation.
The investigation is ongoing.
The incident marked the latest in a series of security encounters at Mar-a-Lago.
In December, Jing Lu, 56, was confronted by the private club's security officers and told to leave, but she returned to take photos, authorities said.
In March, Yujing Zhang, 33, sparked security concerns when she tried to gain entry to Mar-a-Lago while she carried four cellphones, a computer, two Chinese passports, an external hard drive and a thumb drive. Zhang was given an eight-month prison sentence by a federal judge in Florida and ordered to be deported to China.
And in November 2018, an 18-year-old University of Wisconsin college freshman fooled Secret Service agents into thinking he was a Mar-a-Lago club member and wandered the grounds for 20 minutes before he was arrested. The arrest came on the day after Thanksgiving while Trump and his family were visiting. Mark Lindblom, from Washington, D.C., said he just wanted to see if he could do it. He pleaded guilty in May 2019 to entering or remaining in a restricted building where the president was visiting during the Thanksgiving holiday. He was sentenced to a year of probation and $25 fine.