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Man With Knives Tries To Visit Ivanka In Trump Tower (Photos)

| by Lauren Briggs

An armed New York man faces criminal charges after trying to enter Trump Tower and saying he was looking for Ivanka Trump on July 6.

The suspect, 52-year-old Adames Benitez, has been charged with weapons possession and carrying a fake I.D., reports the New York Daily News.

Benitez showed up at the iconic Midtown building at approximately 4 p.m., police said. Secret Service agents saw that he was wearing a bulletproof vest and stopped him to ask some questions.

He said that owned the building and was looking to speak with the first daughter about her clothing line.

Specifically, he was reportedly "trying to meet with Ivanka Trump to discuss her dresses," the NYPD's deputy commissioner of public information told Newsweek.

Benitez, who also told agents that he was a U.S. senator, was then searched and found to be carrying a weighted sock, a false state identification chart and two throwing knives on his person, notes the New York Daily News.

The man was charged and transported to a nearby medical center to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, because he was "exhibiting behavior of an emotionally disturbed person," officials told Newsweek.

Ivanka, who resides in Washington, D.C., having moved there when her father was inaugurated in January, was not in Trump Tower or even in America on the date that the incident occurred. The fashion designer, businesswoman and assistant to the president was in Poland with her father, President Donald Trump.

"Looking forward to an amazing day as I visit Warsaw for the first time," the former model tweeted on July 6.

Before heading to Germany for the G20 forum, Ivanka, who converted to Orthodox Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner, stopped by the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes and toured the POLIN Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, notes CNN. No members of the media were notified of the visits, for which the president was not present, though Ivanka posted a photo of her experience on Twitter.

The White House also confirmed her whereabouts.

"It was a privilege to pay my respects and remember, with gratitude, those who tenaciously fought against all odds," she said in a statement released by the White House, according to CNN. "The monument, erected on the rubble of the Warsaw Ghetto, symbolizes the fight for freedom. I am profoundly grateful for those who fought and all those who continue to fight today."

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