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Man Arrested After Breaching Security, Commandeering A Service Vehicle At San Jose Airport

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) -- Police have arrested a 39-year-old man who commandeered an airport work truck at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes told KCBS that, at approximately 10:15 a.m. Sunday, a man later identified as Miguel Zaragoza was spotted on a ramp on the west side of the airport where the corporate aviation facility is located.

Airport staff made contact with the man, took him into the corporate building and called police, Barnes said.

Zaragoza then allegedly fled from the employees, stole a city maintenance truck from a parking lot and drove along the curb through Terminal B, according to San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol.

Airport staff and police were able to apprehend Zaragoza without incident and he never made it to the runway area, Randol said.

Zaragoza will be booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and trespassing, according to Randol.

Security at the airport has been called into question in recent months.

In April, a 15-year-old boy managed to climb a security fence, climb into the wheel well of a passenger jet, and survive a flight to Hawaii. Then, last August, a woman was able to board a flight to Los Angeles without a ticket.


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