Man tackled after running past Fresno airport security

The Fresno BeeApril 15, 2014 

A 22-year-old man from Merced County who tried to run past the security checkpoint of Fresno-Yosemite International Airport on Monday was quickly tackled and handcuffed.

It's a mystery why the man, who has not been identified, was at the airport or what he was trying to do, airport spokeswoman Rhonda Jorn said. The man's mother said he is on medication for a mental health condition, Jorn said.

No weapons were found on the man or in his car, which was in long-term parking, and no one was injured. Jorn said the man was released to paramedics for further assessment and evaluation.

The incident happened about 9:45 a.m. when the man suddenly ducked under ropes that separate the lobby from the airport's security checkpoint. He ran past the X-ray machine and, within 30 seconds, was tackled and handcuffed by airport public safety officers, Jorn said.

It was the first time someone has tried to run past the security line at the Fresno airport, she said.

"Our safety mechanisms that we have in place are working," Jorn said. "I feel confident that we are doing everything we can to continue operating a safe facility."

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