Skip to comments.Marine Recruit Darts Across San Diego Airport Runway
Posted on 01/17/2013 4:12:50 PM PST by nickcarraway
Suspect had reported to nearby MCRD just three days earlier
A U.S. Marine recruit faces felony and misdemeanor chargers for jumping over two barbed-wire fences and running on the tarmac of San Diegos airport. San Diego harbor police got word from the Lindbergh Tower that a man had run on the tarmac by Gate 6 in Terminal 1 at 6:20 a.m. Thursday.
He attempted to hide in a service vehicle that belongs to the janitorial department.
"He had quite a few cuts on him and at the time that we found him he had actually taken his pants off so he was in his boxer shorts and his Marine Corps T-shirt," said Harbor Police Lt John Forsythe.
In aerials from NBC 7 San Diego news helicopter, the white van could be seen parked in front of a Southwest airliner connected to the gate. The vehicle was surrounded by airport maintenance vehicles.
Military police were called because the suspect was a 22-year-old Marine recruit from the nearby Marine Corps Recruit Depot. The unidentified man arrived to the training center from San Rafael Jan. 14 officials said.
"Everything we said to him it was: 'Yes sir! Yes sir! 'That was all he pretty much said to us," Forsythe said. "It took us a while to get his name and everything else like that."
Flights were not affected according to airport officials. The incident posed no threat to passengers or the public officials said.
But the breach of security was on a topic of conversation for many passengers inside the terminal.
"What are you running out there for?! What is calling you to the actual runway to make you want to go out there? And it's terrifying just knowing somebody would want to do that," said air traveler Mo Owens.
"I think that probably the security at the airport is very good," passenger Tom Solari said. "I feel comfortable. I'm not worried at all."
The suspect was transported to the Naval Medical Center San Diego in Balboa Park via ambulance with a military police vehicle following close behind.
The unidentified recruit reported to MCRD just three days ago and was in the initial processing phase. He had not begun recruit training military officials said. Refresh this page for new details in this developing story.
Apparently he changed his mind. This wouldn’t have happened if he’d been on an island.
This isn’t the first time. When I was at MCRD SD in Jan of 1970 we boosted our first phase fatbody over the fence that bordered the main runways; for his good as well as ours. He was picked up by a cabbie who instead of taking him to a hotel, took him right back into the depot. At least he was out of our hair (as if we had any).
I’m going to take a wild stab at this and say...a judge gave him a choice, he tried one, he’s stuck with the other..ba-bye
The song of the Sirens.
Seeing all the homes up on the hill in the sunset as we used the wash racks, watching the airliners take people to who knows where..... Essentially seeing the world happen just beyond your reach. The isolation of PI may have been a better way to get through without the longing to be out there..........
Everybody can’t be a marine.
3 days??? LOL..He was STILL with the RECEIVING Co. at that point, not even with his actual training platoon.
First page, circa 1968, (paraphrased) of the Recruit’s little red notebook.
“Parris Island is in fact an island. It is surrounded by miles of treacherous swamps. The swamps contain quicksand, sinkholes, poisonous snakes and alligators. Past the swamps are the ocean and inland waterway channels. These have very strong tides which can easily sweep away even excellent swimmers. Moreover, sharks, barracuda and other dangerous marine creatures inhabit these waters.”
(IOW, DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT ESCAPING!)
Didn’t like the chow.
If heda stuck around probably woulda been anudda “Gomer Pyle” in the head on Graduation Day.
You could always tell a PI Marine on the west coast, their asses would drop dead on a hump in Pendleton’s back waters..Couldn’t handle the steep grades eh??
I've yet to read of any difference between Army basic training and Marine Corps basic training..........
Perhaps in AIT but not in basic.........
“You in a heap o’trouble, boy”
...or a writer.
Do they still do that Doog? I would have thought that is not au courant these days.
They found the guy and had him back in about 20 minutes.