Miami-Dade County

Man takes ‘shortcut,’ sprints through MIA Runway 9. Cops nab him.

An American Airlines jet taxis to the gate at Miami International Airport in this 2015 file photo. On Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, a man from out of town tried to take a “shortcut” through Miami International Airport by hopping a perimeter fence. He was taken into custody after police spotted him sprinting down Runway 9.
An American Airlines jet taxis to the gate at Miami International Airport in this 2015 file photo. On Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, a man from out of town tried to take a “shortcut” through Miami International Airport by hopping a perimeter fence. He was taken into custody after police spotted him sprinting down Runway 9. AP file

A man from out of town tried to take a “shortcut” through Miami International Airport Monday by hopping a perimeter fence. He was quickly taken into custody after police spotted him sprinting down Runway 9.

It wasn’t immediately clear if any planes were ready for takeoff, or landing. But this was clear: It was the second time since September that someone had broken through a perimeter at the airport and made it to a runway.

In September, Jason Brad Pearce, a 34-year-old man from Kentucky drove his truck through a locked gate onto the airport grounds, then scaled another fence before he was confronted by police in an electrical closet. When Pearce dared police to shoot him and swung from an overhead pipe — police shot him. He was injured.

The details on Monday’s incident were scant. Miami-Dade police spokesman Argemis Colome said police were notified after someone spotted the man on the runway, then officers saw him as he ran through the restricted area.

“There is no further security or air travel threats at MIA,” Colome said.

It was not immediately clear how the man made it onto the runway. Colome said it appeared he was going to or coming from a nearby business. Early Monday evening the man — whose name hadn’t been released — was still talking to investigators.

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