Man drives through security fence at Mid-Continent Airport

Published On: Jan 21 2014 05:00:14 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 22 2014 01:14:20 PM CST

An Oklahoma man is in custody after another security breach at Mid-Continent Airport, according to Sedgwick County investigators.

Detectives said the man drove through the security, toward a private jet, near the Cessna property. Fact Finder 12 has learned the incident happened early Sunday morning shortly after midnight.

"Once he had driven through the fence he actually drove onto the taxiway and near an airplane," said Lt. Dave Mattingly with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.

Airport and Cessna security spotted the man right away and deputies made the arrest. Mattingly said the man was in possession of a gun and knives. He was arrested without incident.

Jail records indicate the 26-year-old man is being held on $15,000 bond for trespassing.

Now investigators have to figure out what his intentions were.

"That's the big question is why did someone do something like this? This is a unique incident. From what I'm told, when deputies contacted him he was talking to himself out loud," Mattingly said.

The man is from Marlow, Oklahoma near Oklahoma City.  Fact Finder 12 found he has ties to Great Bend. We talked with the man's mother who told us she did not have any details of his arrest, but hopes he gets the help he needs.

"He's from Oklahoma …  why he was here? There are several airports in Oklahoma, but something drew him here. What that reason is … that's what we're going to determine," adds Mattingly.

Mattingly said investigators do not think this was a terrorism incident.

After last month's bomb plot, and now this at the airport, some passengers share concerns about flying in and out of Wichita. "It's weird to hear that that stuff is happening like constantly," said passenger Matthew Goist.

"My concern is now, what is TSA and the local authorities doing about it. Are they beefing up securities, are they putting barriers around? That's a big concern," said passenger Darryl Woods.

Eyewitness News asked airport leaders about that. Mid-Continent released this statement about the incident ...

"The security measures in place at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport are effective as proven by this recent incident.  Our security procedures are constantly being reviewed and updated in light of ever-changing threats.  Travelers should be assured that security is a top priority and we are constantly vigilant in our efforts to keep the airport safe."

Investigators are now determined to find out the man's intentions and why he targeted Wichita. "There are several airports in Oklahoma, but something drew him here. What that reason is, that's what we're going to need to determine," said Mattingly.

"It surprises me from someone that's from Oklahoma because most generally you think of here in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, mostly in the Midwest and good people come from the midwest," said passenger Lloyd Schneider.

After countless threats to U.S. airports post-911, some passengers feel security measures will never be enough. "That's a big concern. I mean, not only for this airport but airports around the country. Because if it could happen here, it can happen anywhere," said Woods.

The man has not been charged, but was booked on criminal damage to property and trespassing.  Mattingly says those charges could be amended depending on what the investigation finds.