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Man who sought to speak with former President Donald Trump arrested after wandering Mar-a-Lago property

Authorities say Joshua Warnock found walking up pool deck staircase near 'family suite' hours after being turned away
Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on Sept. 21, 2022
Posted at 9:23 AM, Jan 31, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-31 16:55:04-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A 25-year-old man was arrested at Mar-a-Lago earlier this month after he was found wandering the property without authorization, just hours after being denied entry when he sought to speak with former President Donald Trump, according to federal and Palm Beach County court records.

Joshua Warnock was arrested by Palm Beach police Jan. 8 on a trespassing charge.

According to a federal criminal complaint, Warnock had approached the main gate to Mar-a-Lago that afternoon, insisting that he needed to speak with Trump, who lives at the Palm Beach estate and was home at the time.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump at Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Eve 2022
Former President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, stop to speak with reporters during a New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, Dec. 31, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla.

Police and a U.S. Secret Service agent informed Warnock that Mar-a-Lago was a restricted area and that he needed to leave. He was then escorted from the main gate to Woodbridge Road and South Ocean Boulevard and warned that he would be arrested if he returned.

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Shortly after 6 p.m., a Secret Service agent at Mar-a-Lago noticed a man "walking up the pool deck staircase adjacent to the family suite." The man was identified as Warnock and detained until police arrived.

According to the complaint, Warnock admitted that he "climbed up a big step" to get to the "front yard" and made his way toward the pool.

Secret Service agents later determined that Warnock was able to jump over a concrete ledge dividing Mar-a-Lago from a public area along Southern Boulevard.

Warnock now faces a federal charge of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds.