An unidentified man apparently scaled an eight-foot, razor-wire-topped, sensor-free fence on the perimeter of JFK Airport near Terminal 8, wander around the taxiway, and escaped without being apprehended earlier this month.
The incident took place around 7:00 p.m. on Sunday December 13th, suspending all airport activity for 45 minutes.
According to the Port Authority, airport workers saw a man without proper identification wandering on the taxiway and asked him what he was doing there. The man responded, but did not show ID and "left the area." Port Authority Police swept the taxiway with a canine unit and "deemed the area safe."
A police report acquired by ABC7 states that two cargo workers told the suspect that he was not authorized to be on the taxiway. The suspect allegedly responded, "You better not say shit" before walking away quickly towards the American Airlines Terminal.
The suspect also offered an excuse for his behavior, explaining that he was looking for the entrance to the A train, according to the Post. One of the cargo workers allegedly called 911, but response was delayed about 10 minutes since the NYPD had to relay the report to the PAPD over a landline—there is no direct radio link between the two forces, the Post reports.
Congressman Gregory Meeks, who represents the district surrounding JFK, told ABC7 that he was amazed that portions of the terminal fencing could be sensor-free "in this day and age" when "we have zero room for error."
"Anything is possible," he said.
The investigation is ongoing, and detectives are reviewing surveillance footage and interviewing potential witnesses.