Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ( Associated Press) — Connecticut opera singer who came under fire from law enforcement while passing an outpost He was found not guilty of insanity on Tuesday outside the Mar-a-Lago home of then-President Donald Trump in Florida two years ago.
Florida prosecutors and Circuit Judge Scott Susqueer accepted Hannah Romhild’s plea during a three-minute hearing in which the 32-year-old singer appeared from her home state by Zoom.
Federal prosecutors accepted a similar plea in August. Her lawyers have said she has a history of mental illness and stopped taking her medication before her wild ride through Palm Beach on January 31, 2020.
He was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, evading arrest, and resisting an officer without violence.
Roemhild spoke only to acknowledge his presence during the West Palm Beach hearing. Under the terms of the agreement, for them to reflect in the federal case, she would have to undergo psychological treatment and counseling and take medications, along with monthly blood tests to confirm compliance.
Prosecutors agreed that Romhild “does not pose a substantial risk of injury to himself or others.”
Under Florida law, a person cannot be found guilty by reason of insanity only if, because of mental illness, they did not know what they were doing or the consequences, or did not know that it was wrong.
According to court records, Romhild came to the attention of law enforcement after pulling a rented jeep into the parking lot of The Breakers, a luxury hotel about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of Mar-a-Lago on Ocean Boulevard. She climbed on top of the jeep and started making obscene gestures by shaking the hands of the guests. Hotel staff summoned Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Tony Kingery, who was working as security at the hotel.
As he walked in his patrol car with his emergency lights on, Romhild sat in his jeep and tried to take away his commands to stop. Court documents state that Kingery broke the driver’s window with her baton, but she ran out to sea and headed south, driving dangerously through Palm Beach’s downtown shopping district, The sergeant was unable to stay with him, court documents said.
She soon reached checkpoints set up around Mar-a-Lago in anticipation of Trump’s arrival later that day. She turned around obstacles as she was walking through the restricted area and missed hitting two Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies and a Secret Service agent. They opened fire, breaking his rear window, but Romhild was not hurt.
She then went to the nearby Palm Beach International Airport to pick up her mother, who had just arrived. The two then went to a nearby motel, where Romhild was arrested as he tried to escape from the officers in his room. She told them that she was trying to avoid the people who were trying to kill her.
Mar-a-Lago was the scene of several incursions during Trump’s four-year term.
Three juveniles who ran away from police in August 2020 A wall jumped off at Mar-a-Lago while carrying a semi-automatic gun in a bag but the police didn’t believe they knew where they were.
In March 2019, Chinese national Yujing Zhang Gained access to Mar-a-Lago while carrying a laptop, phone and other electronic gear. This led to initial speculation that the 33-year-old businessman from Shanghai may have been a spy, but he was never charged with espionage. Text messages she exchanged with a travel organizer indicated that she was an admirer of the president and wanted to meet with him or his family to discuss possible deals. He was found guilty of trespassing and deporting.
In December 2019, club security officials confronted another Chinese national, 56-year-old Jing Lu, for trespassing and asked her to leave, but she returned to take pictures. Lu was charged with molesting and resisting an officer without violence after taking photographs by entering a service entrance. He was later acquitted of trespass but found guilty of resisting arrest.,
On Thanksgiving weekend 2018, a University of Wisconsin student visiting the area with her parents moved to Mar-a-Lago to rendezvous with a group that was entering. He was arrested and convicted of a misdemeanor.