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Police: Half-Naked Man On Tarmac Arrested, Jumped On Plane [VIDEO]

June 27, 2018 - 10:11 am
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ATLANTA (WWJ/AP) - Authorities say they've arrested a 19-year-old man accused of sprinting toward a jet at Atlanta's airport in his underwear -- and jumping on the wing.

News outlets report Atlanta Police have charged Jhryin Jones with criminal trespassing, public indecency and obstruction of law enforcement officers.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Jones scaled a fence Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and ran onto an active taxiway. She says he then jumped on the wing of a recently landed Delta Air Lines flight from Miami and pounded on windows.

Video shot by passengers. obtained by WSB-TV and other media outlets, shows the shirtless man sprinting across a grassy area toward an aircraft.

"What is he doing?" one woman is heard asking, as travelers watch him out the window, in footage posted to YouTube. 

After a short time, video shows the man being detained on the ground by officers.

Passengers are asked by a flight attendant to take their seats before the captain explains over the intercom: "From the flight deck, as we sort through this, apparently that individual approached the aircraft from the outside and tried to gain entrance to the aircraft. That's the information we have now. We are surrounded by law enforcement right now. They've apparently apprehended this individual right now; we see him being taken into custody."

Earlier the captain said it was believed that the man was a passenger on the jet, who'd propped open an exit, stripped down and ran. However, he later said that initial information was incorrect. And although the capitain at one point announced that the airport was shut down as police were investigating, the airport tweeted there was no impact on operations.

No information is available at this time as to what prompted Jones to do what he did. It wasn't immediately clear if he has a lawyer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.