Las Vegas police arrest man who breached airport security trying to get to Area 51

Dec 9, 2021, 9:46 PM
Photo by: STRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2021 7/18/21 Atmosphere at McCarran International Airport in Paradise, ...
Photo by: STRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2021 7/18/21 Atmosphere at McCarran International Airport in Paradise, Nevada, USA on July 18, 2021. The airport serves the greater Las Vegas area and those in the tourism, hospitality and gaming industries are poised for a resurgence in business activity as further restrictions are eased during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

(CNN) — A man who told police he wanted to steal a jet so he could fly to Area 51 to look at aliens was arrested Wednesday after he drove through fences at the McCarran International Airport in a limo, parked on an aircraft ramp and made a bomb threat, according to a police report by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The suspect was arrested for trespassing, dispersing a hoax substance and threatening terroristic acts, the police report said.

CNN has reached out to the law firm the man claimed was representing him, and the firm said it is not representing him in this matter.

The name Area 51 comes from its map designation and it’s located in the Nevada Test and Training Range, which is a unit of the Nellis Air Force Base. Today it is used as an open training range for the US Air Force.

It has long been a topic of fascination for conspiracy theorists and paranormal enthusiasts who believe it to be the location where the US government stores and hides alien bodies and UFOs.

Police first received a call of a vehicle performing donuts at the Jet Suite X parking lot at McCarran Airport at 6:45 p.m. As they were responding to the call, they were told the vehicle had breached inner and outer security gates and was now driving recklessly across a plane ramp, the report said.

Prior to police arrival, the report states that airport police also witnessed the suspect drive between several airplanes before stopping next to a parked jet and threatening Atlantic Aviation employees who had confronted him.

“I have a f****** bomb. I’m going to blow this place up,” the suspect — who witnesses said was wearing a clown mask — told employees, according to the police report.

He then re-entered the car as employees fled for cover and began evacuating the airport, the report added.

When police arrived, they were able to stop the vehicle and immediately detain the man, who told them he was trying to steal a jet and fly to Area 51 to see aliens and that he had a gasoline device and shotgun in his car, the police report noted.

A search of the suspect’s car revealed there was a device similar to an oxygen tank and what appeared to be a fire extinguisher with heavy-gauge wiring wrapped around it and a wooden platform, which looked similar to a possible explosive device, the report said.

During the incident, the suspect nearly crashed into several planes, disrupted air traffic, and prompted a major response by Las Vegas police and the FBI, police stated in the report.

Fence repairs were completed at the airport several hours later, the airport’s public information administer, Joe Rajchel, told CNN in an email.

“We thank those diligent workers who responded to this situation and safeguarded those here at the airport, both on the ground and in the air,” Rajchel added.

™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

National News

Clarence Gilyard Jr. has died at the age of 66. (Arlene Richie/Shutterstock)...
Toyin Owoseje, CNN

Clarence Gilyard, ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ star, dead at 66

Clarence Gilyard, the actor best known for playing computer hacker Theo in "Die Hard" and naval flight officer Marcus "Sundown" Williams in "Top Gun," has died at the age of 66.
14 hours ago
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hea...
Michael Houck

Mitt Romney calls Trump a ‘gargoyle’ after dinner with Ye, Nick Fuentes

Utah Senator Mitt Romney called former President Donald Trump a gargoyle hanging over the Republican party after his dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and rapper Ye.
14 hours ago
Tea time and Christmastime coincide at The Plaza's elegant Palm Court, where three holiday tea menu...
Marnie Hunter, CNN

15 luxury hotels that go all out for Christmas

These luxury hotels have the most glamorous Christmas decorations of the season.
14 hours ago
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 13: Defence ministers and delegates are seen at the start of the North ...

NATO renews membership vow to Ukraine, pledges arms and aid

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says war-torn Ukraine will one day become a member of the world’s largest security alliance
14 hours ago
The McGold Card is back at McDonald's. (McDonald's)...
Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business

McDonald’s is giving people the chance to win free food for life

Beginning December 5, every order completed in the McDonald's app for at least $1 will enter customers into a contest to win a McGold Card.
14 hours ago
A woman in Minnesota loses peripheral vision from apparent exposure to mercury in beauty creams.
Meera Senthilingam, CNN

Mother loses peripheral vision from apparent exposure to mercury in beauty creams

A woman in Minnesota lost part of her vision and inadvertently put her entire household at risk of mercury poisoning, most likely from using beauty creams.
14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Las Vegas police arrest man who breached airport security trying to get to Area 51