A Garland man whom Dallas police found inside a secure area of Love Field on Sunday night struggled with responding officers and said “jihad” repeatedly, according to police documents.I assume he was a convert, and a most definitely disturbed man.
It was the second time in three years that someone had made his way into the city airport’s secure area.
Ruben Martinez Jimenez, 36, was arrested Sunday on a misdemeanor trespassing charge. He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail, according to jail records. That amount is unusually high for a misdemeanor charge.
In a written statement, Dallas police said Jimenez got on the premises by driving through an open vehicle gate. An employee had opened the gate for him “in an attempt to determine what was needed,” the statement said.
“This area is readily accessible to planes and fuel,” police documents said.
An officer who confronted Jimenez in an airport hangar said he appeared to be in “emotional distress.” They repeatedly ordered him to stand up and place his hands behind his back before he began to comply, police said.
As the officer attempted to arrest him, Jimenez pushed away and “began to resist by throwing his arms in air,” the documents said.
He turned and faced the officer in an “aggressive fighting stance” and the officer pulled out his collapsible baton, police said.
While waiting for backup, the officer said he overheard Jimenez “yell in an unknown language” and stated “‘jihad’ approximately three times,” the documents said. Officers were eventually able to subdue Jimenez.
Update: the Dallas Morning News is now claiming that the man yelled "Jesus". Is that so, or are they trying to cover anything up?