Marine recruit arrested after running across airport tarmac

SAN DIEGO — A recruit from the Marine Corp Recruit Depot was arrested at San Diego Lindbergh Field early Thursday after he ran across the runway, authorities said.

Man Arrested on Lindbergh TarmacAir traffic controlers saw the man cross the tarmac and run toward Gate 6 in Terminal 1 around 6:20 a.m. They alerted San Diego harbor police, saying the man appeared to be trying to hide in a service vehicle. Officers arrested the man about 10 minutes later, according to airport officials.

Helicopter video showed officers escorting the man to an ambulance. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

An airport employee told FOX5 News that the man, who was dressed in camouflage pants and a green shirt, tried to steal several vehicles. He finally jumped into a janitorial van and was injured when he crashed it, the employee said.

Military police from nearby Marine Corps Recruit Depot were summoned.  MCRD is adjacent to the airport and separated from runway by a chain-link fence topped with razor wire. Helicopter video showed a police officer remove a piece of cloth or clothing that was tangled in the razor wire.

It was unclear why the man decided to enter airport property, though recruits from the adjacent military training base periodically do so, apparently to “get away from boot camp,” harbor police Sgt. Brad Hizer said.

The recruit, whose name was withheld, had reported to MCRD on Monday, was undergoing initial processing and had yet to begin his military training, according to a statement from the base.

No flight disruptions were reported.

28 comments

  • Guest1

    40 years ago the DI would tell you "There's the fence if you want out. Just toss a blanket over it if you can't make the cut". Seems this guy was even too dumb to figure that part out.

  • guest

    we were always told if we wanted to leave we could- and they always pointed us in the direction of the door, he wanted to leave

  • Tony

    Ask any west coast marine and I bet the majority of us thought about this exact thing at one point or another during our basic training. You non-military readers well take your jabs at this kid for his stupidity and lack of judgement, but being a former MCRD San Diego graduate I find this funny. Non-the-less this kid is a whimp for not seeing his commitment through. Non-military personal please save your bashing comments to yourself because even though this kid couldn't hack it in our beloved corps he at least made it this far which is more than the vast majority of the population can say. Leave the funny comments to us people that know exactly why this kid was driven to do this. He would have had a better chance in Camp Pendleton. Interstate 5 is just on the other side of the fence. LOL

  • Chesty Puller

    I'm pretty sure he was trying to catch a flight out to MCRD Parris Island where real Marines are made and not issued surfboards upon arrival. :-) :-)

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  • 0311

    To my understanding he's my cousin or some form of family member. I myself served and so called did my time at MCRD. I'll direct this off of the comment about non- military ragging on this kid. Even if you are/ did serve it still doesn't matter what you think, and no I'm not sticking up for the kid, because most of you pick a bitch MOS to begin with. With that said I was Infantry and even though every other MOS is attached or in support of the Infantry, 95% of the time those MOSs don't do shit. Motor T, Trackers, and Aviators I'll give credit to. Like the saying goes "If you aren't 03 you aren't shit" is a phrase I took pride in during my time. I can go on and on about other MOSs but back to topic. I understand how dramatic Boot Camp is and seeing first hand recruits going crazy, refusing to train, ect. At the end of all the stuff you're put through and no matter where you went to Boot Camp your life is changed in two different ways. One you walk across the parade deck with pride, or by noticing you're a failure to yourself. If you want to take a stab at someone CIV/ MIL stab at me, because I know my bites bigger than your bark. I'll check back in a few days, and I just found out we were related or I would've put something here long ago.

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