The man was charged with torture and had 2 outstanding arrest warrants
Officials said a man snatched at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Thursday and boarded a C-40 aircraft in the 89th Airlift Wing.
Houses of the Air Force consist of an aircraft and a fleet of other aircraft that are often used by the President, Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other senior government and military leaders.
The suspect, who was charged with the atrocity, was issued two warrants for his arrest for the robbery and was handed over to local law enforcement. He According to an Air Force official, “was suffering from mental issues at the time and” did not feel right.
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“The security of our installation is paramount,” Colonel Roy Oberhaus, vice-wing commander of the 316th Wing at Joint Base Andrews, said on Friday. “This was a serious breach of security and Joint Base Andrews is investigating the incident to determine how it happened.”
The man on board the C-40 aircraft was involved in a day-long training exercise, and he told officers “he just wanted to see a plane.”
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89th Airlift Wing Key C-40 aircraft “Provides safe, comfortable and reliable transportation for American leaders,” including combat commanders, cabinet secretaries and members of Congress.
President Joe Biden was scheduled to leave Joint Base Andrews for Delaware on Friday evening at 5:15 pm ET, his first Air Force visit as president.
The base is located approximately 15 miles from the center of Washington, DC
Granthshala News’ Jennifer Griffin and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.