The man who police say broke into the Governor’s Mansion and fell asleep on the couch was found just before 6 in the morning April 17, records show, though Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday declined to say whether he or his family were the ones who found him.
Edwards did say he and Louisiana’s First Family were never anything but safe, and he praised State Police, which is tasked with protecting the governor and securing the Mansion compound.
Reynard Green, 34, of Baton Rouge, was arrested after a state trooper found him lying on a couch next to a broken antique wooden table on April 17, according to booking documents.
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Troopers said they found “suspected synthetic marijuana” in Green’s front pocket, according to the documents provided by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. Green also punched two troopers, and later another officer elbowed him in the face after Green reached for the officer’s gun, documents show.
Edwards, speaking at a Louisiana Press Association event in downtown Baton Rouge, said more information will be revealed about the break-in.
“But it’s an open investigation,” he said. “I appreciate what the State Police have always done for me and my family, keeping us safe. At no time were we anything other than safe. Beyond that, you’re just going to have to wait.”
Asked several more times about the incident, Edwards declined to offer more information.
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It is not clear how Green made it inside the Governor’s Mansion, which is guarded by State Police and is surrounded by a metal fence.
State Police Col. Kevin Reeves declined to comment Tuesday beyond a statement from his office, which said “troopers located an individual trespassing in the Governor’s Mansion” early on April 17.
“DPS Police responded and transported the subject to Capitol Police Headquarters, where the subject assaulted two officers,” State Police spokesman Capt. J.B. Slaton said in a statement. “The circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation. LSP is currently evaluating security procedures for potential areas of improvement.”
Reeves told the USA Today network of Louisiana he’s “certainly alarmed” about the incident, saying “anything of this magnitude is of great concern.”
The state built a fence around the Governor’s Mansion using inmate labor in the late 1990s, at the same time it beefed up the security presence at the State Capitol. The governor at the time, Mike Foster, said State Police wanted the fence to improve security at the residence, according to Advocate archives. There is only one entrance gate to the mansion, and it is supposed to be guarded by state troopers whenever the governor is there.
The 25,000-square-foot mansion was built in 1963 when Jimmie Davis was governor. The three-story home sits on 8 acres of land just north of the State Capitol, according to the official website for the property.
While being booked on counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, criminal trespassing and criminal damage to property, Green punched one State Police officer in the chest and another in the hand, according to an affidavit.
Police said they found “a small amount of suspected synthetic marijuana” in Green’s front left pocket. He was also booked on two counts of battery on a police officer and possession of a Schedule 1 narcotic, records show, along with one count of disarming a police officer.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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