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Man attempts to steal jet at Texas airport, police say

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Police say a man drove through a security gate at Waco Regional Airport in Texas and tried to steal a Learjet.

(Waco Police Department)

A man with a history of mental illness attempted to hijack a Learjet after crashing through a security gate at Waco Regional Airport in Texas on Thursday, police said.

The suspect, whose identity was withheld, attempted to steal the jet after breaking into a secured area of the airport about noon, according to a statement issued by Waco police.

An officer approached the man, who was brandishing a stick, as he was trying to enter the jet. The officer struck the man with a stun gun several times when he refused to back away from the jet, police said.

The suspect continued to struggle but was eventually subdued by the officer and several airline employees.

Police said the man is known to have a history of mental illness and may have also been under the influence of drugs. He will be charged with attempted theft of the jet, resisting arrest, criminal trespass and criminal mischief, police said.

Waco police notified the FBI and the Transportation Security Administration, which could file additional charges.

The man was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Waco Regional Airport is a transportation hub to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and also provides flights throughout the Southwest from American Airlines, according to its website.

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