Naked man arrested for swimming near JFK airport fuel depot

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 13, 2011 12:24 PM
Naked man arrested for swimming near JFK airport fuel depot

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A naked man swimming in the waters near the main aviation fuel storage area at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport was arrested and charged with trespassing, the authority that runs the airport said on Wednesday.

Patrolling officers spotted the man at about 10.50 a.m. on Tuesday.

"When the patrols approached the man, he ran toward the fuel farm, and was caught near a boat dock," Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in an e-mail response to Reuters.

The man never entered any of the airport's restricted areas, Coleman said.

The man identified himself as Greg Rodriguez, 30, although the authority said it was still trying to confirm his identity.

Port Authority police charged him with criminal trespass, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The man was taken to Jamaica Hospital for psychiatric evaluation, and the case remains under investigation.

The airport abuts New York City's Jamaica Bay, much of which is designated as part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, a popular destination for swimming, bird-watching and sailing, although not usually in areas so close to the airport.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)