John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, was evacuated on Friday, August 20, after a man allegedly took control of an airport vehicle and drove onto an airfield, the local sheriff’s department said.
In a statement, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said an airport employee had initially spotted the male suspect in a secure area where only airport staff were permitted. He allegedly then took control of the vehicle and drove onto the airfield outside Terminal C.
Police said the suspect then attempted to access a secure area of the terminal, at which point the employee lost sight of the suspect and so notified emergency personnel.
The airport was put on lockdown and evacuated around 6pm, police said.
“The man was later located in the ceiling on the non-secure side of the terminal. He was taken into custody without further incident and will be booked in Orange County Jail”, the police statement confirmed. Credit: @datascigenius via Storyful