Zhang Yujing seemed just a bit off the moment she walked through the doors of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
When Zhang started taking videos and pictures in restricted areas, the receptionist had seen enough and called in Secret Service agents to arrest her, according to the South China Morning Post.
Just Seemed “Odd”
Ariela Grumaz, the receptionist at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, said she first noticed Zhang because of the way she was dressed. Even though it was only lunchtime, Zhang was wearing a dress that would have been more appropriate for a dinner party.
Rather than stop at the reception desk, Zhang went right past Grumaz’s desk and into the lounge area.
Because of Trump being the president, video and picture taking at the resort are prohibited for fear someone could be setting up an attack against the president.
Eventually, Zhang was arrested for trespassing, but that was far from the end of her story.
Possible Chinese Spy
While Zhang has not been charged with espionage, some of her conduct had federal agents concerned she may have had other nefarious intent at the resort.
For instance, while being questioned by an agent, Zhang left the interview to go to a nearby bathroom. One of the agents followed her into the restroom, where she was found texting on her phone, raising even more suspicion.
As Zhang left the bathroom, Secret Service arrived and surrounded her. Zhang was taken to a nearby area where agents conducted a search for electronics in her purse.
After the search was concluded, agents were concerned about a USB device Zhang had in her possession because they believed it contained some type of malware program.
At this point, the agents stated that Zhang became very aggressive with them and insisted she was there to attend a United Nations event. That, however, did not coincide with what Zhang allegedly said to security upon entering the property, which was that she was there to go the pool.
Zhang insisted on representing herself at trial and according to the presiding judge, she was grossly underprepared for the case. She was found guilty of trespassing and lying to Secret Service agents and will be sentenced in November. She faces up to six years in prison.