A serious security breach at San Jose airport occurred this weekend, with a man stealing a licensed airport vehicle and commandeering it for a short time. It has been confirmed by airport officials that the suspect was later found in a nearby terminal, arrested, and taken into police custody. NBC News reveals this Monday, November 24, 2014, that this particular security infiltration marks the third incident of its kind to have occurred at the San Jose travel site since spring of this year.
The man’s motivations are not known at this time, but the San Jose airport scare likely had some travelers anxious this weekend. Fortunately, the press release notes that no flights were delayed and no one was wounded in the strange case. At this time, few details have been made clear, though the man placed under arrest for this airport crime is undergoing questioning.
Law enforcement officials say that the man is being charged with stealing an airport vehicle — he was said to have snatched and commandeered a worker’s ride on the tarmac for a short while — as well as illegal trespassing. The suspect has been identified as Miguel Zaragoza of San Jose.
According to SF Gate News earlier this week, a police spokeswoman — Heather Randol — shared in a public statement that the security breach at San Jose airport was under control. The 39-year-old Zaragoza was placed under arrest at a travel terminal on Sunday morning shortly after 10 a.m., local time. Airport workers said that they discovered him on the tarmac trying to enter a building, restrained him, and alerted San Jose police about the man’s presence.
As the employees waited for law enforcement authorities to make it to the scene, suspect Miguel Zaragoza was said to have managed to escape from his holding place in a lobby. He then proceeded to steal a worker’s maintenance vehicle on the tarmac in an attempt to escape.
Within an hour, police managed to locate the man in Terminal B of San Jose airport. His reasons for breaking into the area are still being examined, and he failed to arrive at the runway — if that was his goal location, added Randol. Zaragoza will be booked for the security breach at Santa Clara county Jail for trespassing and improper possession of a stolen vehicle. Again, fortunately there were no injuries from the bizarre break-in and no flights were delayed; an investigation is still underway.
This security breach San Jose airport incident isn’t the only shocking trending news story to hit national U.S. headlines this week. This past Sunday, a man emerged in a criminal rape trial with one of the most outrageous defenses a grand jury may have ever heard. When charged with sexual abuse of a 5-year-old girl, the man, Clifford Taylor, says that the child in fact “raped” him. The judge in the ongoing case is unsure whether this is an attempt to escape a guilty plea deal or severe mental duress.