CT opera singer arrested after reportedly breaching security at Trump Mar-a-Lago resort

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (WTNH) — A car chase ended in shots being fired near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort Friday in Florida, police said. The car — driven by Hannah Roemhild of Middletown — had breached two security checkpoints outside the resort.

Roemhild, who studied opera at Western Connecticut State University, has posted anti-Trump messages on social media in the weeks prior to Friday’s arrest. One post on her Facebook page contained a sign reading “not my president” in reference to Trump.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said that at about 11:38 a.m., a Florida Highway Patrol officer working a security job at the Breakers Hotel in West Palm Beach was notified by security that they had a “white female who was acting erratically.”

WATCH: Raw chopper footage from the scene

Roemhild then got inside the SUV. When the officer approached the vehicle, she tried to put it in reverse. When it looked like she was putting the vehicle in drive, the officer smashed the window to grab the steering wheel, but it “didn’t work,” said the sheriff. She then drove off.

Police gave chase and when Roemhild’s rental car approached Mar-a-Lago, authorities said they opened fire on the vehicle.

Authorities say Roemhild fled Mar-a-Lago after the gunfire was directed at her vehicle. She was eventually arrested at a local hotel.

WATCH: Raw footage of her arrest

At one point, police said she was driving up to 70 miles per hour on the wrong side of the road.

She was impaired at the time.

Deputies said she’ll be charged with assault on a federal officer, deadly assault on two sheriff’s deputies and traffic charges.

Roemhild refused to appear in court Saturday, delaying her first appearance. Her first hearing may be on Monday now.


Tuesday, Feb. 25 a judge ruled Roemhild is now competent after being given medication.

Police say they don’t think she knew she was speeding towards the President’s resort during the chase.

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