Chinese national who was arrested taking photos at Mar-a-Lago refuses plea deal

Accused Mar-a-Lago trespasser rejects plea offer and readies for trial

Marc Freeman, Sun Sentinel

The jurors promised they could fairly consider the case of a Chinese national accused of trespassing at Mar-a-Lago based only on the evidence — putting aside any personal views about President Donald Trump.

Jing Lu, 56, rejected an offer for one year in jail to resolve the misdemeanor charges of trespassing and resisting an officer without violence. She continued to plead not guilty.

That cleared the way Tuesday for the trial of the woman with an expired visa who was arrested by Palm Beach Police on Dec. 18. The incident added to the list of security issues at or near the private compound, including trespassers and one woman who recently drove past two road checkpoints.

Prosecutors said Lu entered Mar-a-Lago through a service entrance minutes after being turned away from the main gate.

Surveillance footage shows Jing reached about 100 yards into the compound, taking smartphone photos along the way, before fleeing on foot, according to an arrest report.

She was later found walking in the 200 block of Worth Avenue, and screamed “no! no! no!” before she was handcuffed. She then refused to provide a statement.


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