CHICAGO (CBS) – A 33-year-old man has been charged jumping over a fence at Midway International Airport on Tuesday and boarded a private jet as he prepared to take off.
According to Chicago Police, Javier Martinez has been charged with one of the criminal offenses of committing an illegal act at the airport.
As Marisa Pearlman of CBS 2 reported on Tuesday, around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Martinez managed to move to a barbed wire fence that blocks Midway Airport along the south side of 55th Street. The height of the fence is 10 to 12 feet.
Martinez then sat on the tarmac and tried to prevent the plane from taking off, but then took off his clothes. Police said it looked as if he had left his shirt, shoes and even pants.
“This guy is stripping naked,” the pilot was heard saying through the traffic control scanner.
The man had neither a shirt nor shoes, and his jacket was left blowing in the wind on a barbed wire fence. Police said the man appears to have been drunk when boarding this small private jet.
On the scanner of the air traffic control you can hear the reaction of the pilot, who had just received permission to take off, when the suspect tried to climb on the wing of the plane.
“He’s right here, in front of the plane. He’s trying to get in,” the pilot heard. – Our doors are open here.
The pilot later said police kept the suspect on the ground and he “gave them a fit”.
The plane was eventually allowed to take off.
Video from helicopter 2 shows police, fire brigades and at least one K-9 unit searching the perimeter at the scene.
Chicago police said Martinez was quickly detained. He was taken to Loyola Medical McNeill Hospital in Berwin for a mental examination.
No other flights to Midway were interrupted during the incident.
Martinez is due to appear in court on Thursday.