Man Faces Terrorism Charges After Attempting to Steal Plane

Man Faces Terrorism Charges After Attempting to Steal Plane

( – On September 11, 2001, 19 hijackers boarded planes and carried out the worst act of terrorism ever committed on American soil. Their actions ultimately left 2,977 people dead. In the wake of the attacks, authorities have made safety on airlines a top priority. That’s what makes a recent crime so concerning.

In early December, Nevada police arrested 36-year-old Matthew Hancock after a bizarre crime at the McCarran International Airport (also known as Harry Reid Airport) in Las Vegas. According to reports, the suspect was in the airport parking lot doing doughnuts. The man eventually drove the vehicle through security gates and began driving across the plane ramp.

As police were en route to the scene, Hancock parked next to a jet, put a clown mask on, exited the vehicle and screamed, “I have a [expletive] bomb — I’m going to blow this place up.”

Employees in the vicinity began running for their lives. Hancock got back into his vehicle but exited it once police officers arrived on the scene. He told the cops he had a “gasoline device” and shotgun in his limo. Hancock also told officers he wanted to steal a plane so he could fly to Area 51 and look for aliens.

Authorities are charging Hancock with making a threat or false information about an act of terror or weapon of mass destruction, dispersing a hoax substance, and trespassing.

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