Wanted New Brighton man jumps from parked MSP plane, hides in food service truck, police say

11 July 2023

A 44-year-old from New Brighton opened an emergency exit door on a parked airplane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, leaped to the airfield and hid in an airline food service truck, police say.

The man was a passenger on a Sun Country Airlines flight from Orlando, and he jumped from an emergency exit over the wing about 11:15 p.m. Sunday as other passengers were departing the plane at Terminal 2, according to Jeff Lea, Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman.

Officers had been waiting at the gate to arrest the man for allegedly violating a restraining order, Lea said. He also had a warrant from Wright County for a first-degree controlled substance offense, according to an Airport Police report.

Airport Police started searching for the man, with assistance from other agencies. The search didn’t affect the airport’s operations, Lea said.

Employees reported about 11:40 p.m. that the suspect was inside a food service truck. Officers arrested him on suspicion of trespassing and violating a restraining order.

He was being held in the Hennepin County jail as of Tuesday, and new charges hadn’t been filed against him.

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