San Jose police are investigating a security breach at San Jose airport Sunday - the third since April at this airport - and have arrested a suspect on charges of trespassing and stealing a maintenance worker's vehicle.
San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol said Miguel Zaragoza, 39, breached the airport on Sunday about 10:15 a.m. along the Coleman Avenue side of the airport. Employees of Atlantic Aviation captured him as he entered the property, escorted him to a lobby, and alerted police.
While waiting for police to arrive, he ran from the company's lobby to the public side of the airport and asked an employee driving a maintenance truck for a ride, police said. When the airport worker said no, the suspect stole it, according to police.
Police caught up with Zaragoza, and arrested him at Terminal B. He never made it to the runway area, Randol said.
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He will be booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and trespassing, Randol said.
No one was injured in the incident and no further details were immediately available. And no flights were affected because of the incident.
Still, the breach had some passengers concerned.
"If a guy can come in and steal a maintenance vehicle, who knows what else they could do? " asked Sky Windsor of Santa Clara.
"It just makes you wonder about security," added Regina King.
And U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell commended San Jose police in this case for stopping the suspect so quickly, but overall, he said that security should be notified immediately after a breach occurs.
In August, Marilyn Hartman, 62, was arrested for taking a Southwest Airlines flight from the San Jose airport to Los Angeles, sneaking by a security screener without a ticket. She pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of willfully and unlawfully entering Los Angeles as a stowaway.
In April, a 15-year-old Santa Clara boy hopped the fence at the San Jose wheel well before hiding in the wheel well of a plane and flying to Hawaii, miraculously landing safe in Maui.