Man arrested after yelling 'Jihad' in secured area at Texas airport

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by Rebecca Lopez / WFAA.com

WFAA

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 3:35 PM

DALLAS, Texas –– A man was arrested Sunday afternoon at Dallas Love-Field Airport for entering a secured hangar without permission and shouting "Jihad" when police approached him. 

Ruben Martinez Jiminez is being held at the Dallas County Jail on $250,000 bond. He's been charged with criminal trespassing. 

Officers were dispatched to the Air Center Hangar 3 at Love Field at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday. According to an arrest warrant, Jiminez entered the area, which "is readily accessible to planes and fuel," through a secured fence. The area in question was on the general aviation side of the airport that is not accessible to the public. 

When police arrived, they found the 36-year-old sitting against a wall with his arms stretched out in front of him. He was staring forward blankly, the document says. One of the officers had to order Jiminez to stand up and put his hands behind his back three times before he began to comply.

The warrant says he pushed away from the officers as he was being arrested and threw his arms in the air. Jiminez then faced the officer "in an aggressive fighting stance," which prompted the policeman to pull out his baton. 

The document says Jiminez then yelled out in an unknown language and said "Jihad" three times. As officers again tried to place him in custody, Jiminez resisted, the document says, requiring officers to forcibly restrain him.

Officers eventually got him under control and took him to the airport's police department as he awaited a transfer to the Dallas County Jail. 

The Transportation Security Administration is investigating. Law enforcement sources say agents do not believe he is part of a terrorist organization, however. 

A Dallas Love-Field Airport spokesman declined to comment.  

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