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Trespasser found sleeping inside Louisiana governor's mansion

He also, unsuccessfully, tried to steal a police sergeant's gun

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A man was found taking a nap inside the Louisiana governor's mansion.

Here's what we know

According to Louisiana State Police, Reynard Green was arrested April 17 before 6 a.m. after he was discovered sleeping on a couch inside the mansion. He is accused of also breaking an antique table while inside the building, according to the New York Times.

It is not clear how Green got inside the building, or where Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) was at the time. The Louisiana State Police's Protective Services Unit claims that "Louisiana State Police troopers and Department of Public Safety officers are assigned to the Governor's Mansion 24 hours a day, year-round and are responsible for the physical protection of the Mansion and its grounds."

Edwards has not said whether he or his wife were in the mansion at the time. He told the media on Tuesday that he couldn't "address any specific information relative" to this case.

"It's still an open investigation the State Police is conducting, and I will just say that I appreciate all the work that they do to keep me and my family safe. At no time were we anything other than safe," Edwards said.

The police found synthetic marijuana in Green's pocket. When he was taken to the police station for processing, he reportedly tried to hit a sergeant and an officer, and steal a sergeant's service weapon. The sergeant reported that he was "able to stop Green from attempting to disarm me with a right elbow strike to the face."

Green was charged with simple burglary, criminal trespass, and criminal damage to property.

What else?

According to the Associated Press, when state Senate President John Alario (R) heard about the intrusion, he quipped that he was surprised to hear about the incident since security had been increased at the mansion recently, adding jokingly that he even had "to give a secret handshake" to get inside.

One last thing…
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