Officials: NYC Man Ran Onto Tarmac at Newark Airport

Sunday, Jul 17, 2011  |  Updated 7:26 PM EDT
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Officials: NYC Man Ran Onto Tarmac at Newark Airport

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Authorities say a New York City man who had a knife in his pocket jumped over a barrier and ran onto the tarmac at a northern New Jersey airport before being tackled by a police officer.

Xiang Xun Shao, of Manhattan, was charged with defiant trespass and a weapons offense following Saturday night's incident at Newark Liberty International Airport.

He was later taken to a nearby hospital, where he was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

A spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport, said Shao was initially seen walking around near a gate where vehicles access the tarmac area. He then jumped over a retractable metal barrier and briefly ran onto the tarmac before being caught near Terminal C.

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