USMC recruit arrested after dashing across Lindbergh Field runway
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A young military enlistee climbed over several fences –
– including one topped by razor wire — between Marine Corps Recruit Depot
San Diego and Lindbergh Field Thursday and then ran across a runway before being
arrested, authorities said.
San Diego Harbor Police officers detained the man, who is in his early
20s, near the airport's Southwest Airlines terminal just before 6:30 a.m.,
moments after he dashed across the tarmac clad in boxer shorts and a T-shirt,
SDHP Sgt. Brad Hizer said.
The recruit was bleeding from cuts inflicted by the jagged security
wire, which also apparently had torn off his pants as he crawled over the
second perimeter fence, Hizer said. He was turned over to Marine Corps
officials, who took him to a hospital.
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,” the sergeant said.
No flight disruptions were reported.
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.