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"Man arrested for running onto Newark airport tarmac"
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Man arrested for running onto Newark airport tarmac
By Steve Strunsky
The Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger
NEWARK - A man is undergoing psychiatric evaluation after he jumped over a
barrier and ran onto the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport with
a knife in his pocket, officials said.
Xiang Xun Shao, 39, who lives in the Chinatown section of Manhattan, was
charged with defiant trespass and possession of a weapon after being tackled
by a Port Authority Police officer following the Saturday night incident,
He was then taken to Beth Israel Hospital in Newark for observation, said
Sara Beth Joren, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey, which runs the airport.
Just after 6 p.m., the man was seen walking around the area of a gate where
vehicles access the ramps, taxiways and runways of the airport, which is
blocked by a retractable metal barrier several feet high, officials said.
The man then jumped over the barrier, and dashed onto the tarmac, before
being caught near Terminal C, officials said. Details of the size and type
of knife were not available, though a law enforcement official said the man
did not brandish it.
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