Man Arrested After Breaching Love Field Security

Man held on $250,000 bond for Class A misdemeanor

By Frank Heinz
|  Monday, Apr 29, 2013  |  Updated 10:49 PM CDT
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A 36-year-old man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly drove past an employee to get onto the airport taxiway.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

A 36-year-old man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly drove past an employee to get onto the airport taxiway.

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Dallas police said a man has been arrested after he drove past a gate, onto the taxiway and into a hangar at Love Field Airport on Sunday.

The man, 36-year-old Ruben Jimenez Martinez, pulled up to one of the Fixed Base Operations buildings at Love Field at about 6:20 p.m. When the operator opened the gate to approach the car, Martinez drove through the opening and onto the taxiway, police said.

The operator notified Dallas police, which later found Martinez inside a hangar and took him into custody.

According to the Dallas police, no passenger aircraft was threatened at any time.

The FBI and U.S. Air Marshal Service were notified of the incident.

Martinez has been charged with criminal trespass of a critical infrastructure, a Class A misdemeanor. He is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail on $250,000 bond.

The incident is at least the second high-profile breach of security at Love Field in recent years. In August 2010, a Dallas police chase of a man in stolen pickup truck ended at the airport.

Michael Lawrence Brown barreled through an airport fence and ended up on the runways. At the time of the incident, the airport said at the time that it had a Transportation Security Administration-approved security program.

The city of Dallas, which runs the airport, did not return multiple calls for comment about Sunday's incident.

NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this report.

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