A security breach led to evacuations Friday night at three John Wayne Airport terminals and some flight delays in Orange County.
Terminals A, B and C were the only areas that were evacuated, the main terminals were not affected.
The initial call came around 5:30 p.m. about an incident that occurred outside Terminal C, according to Orange County Sheriff’s PIO Carrie Braun.
An airport employee found a subject at the airfield. The man apparently took control of a vehicle and drove it onto the runway.
Emergency personnel were notified and an emergency response was activated.
The airport was closed and evacuated and a search for the man was carried out, Braun said.
At 9:50 pm the suspect, who said his name was John, was arrested, after negotiating with him to get off the roof.
The suspect was identified as Johnny Hecker, 51, of San Diego, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department reported. Hecker was arrested on suspicion of burglary and vandalism.
Authorities said they discovered where he was hiding after the roof tiles began to fall. They said they searched the entire airport, but didn’t think of looking for it on the roof.
Our Newschopper4 helicopter was on the scene around 7:40 pm where several planes were seen stopped on the runway.
Robert Kovacik from our sister network NBC4 was present at John Wayne Airport, where there was a man on the roof, where officials were trying to negotiate with the man.
It was unclear if this man was the same man who caused the initial disruptions at the airport.
The planes were able to land, but no planes took off.
Passengers reported being trapped inside their planes and at the airport for hours.
They were going to let the passengers out, but it was unclear if the passengers would be able to board their flights.
At approximately 8:45 p.m. the airport tweeted that the terminals had reopened.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or injuries.