Man accused of stealing vehicle arrested after leading authorities on chase at MSP

December 05, 2018 10:14 PM

What started out with a stolen vehicle from a home in New Brighton four days ago ended with a suspect getting into a secure part of the Minneapolis St. Paul-International Airport before guns were pulled on him and he was arrested.

A spokesperson for the airport said airport police were notified of a stolen vehicle just after 9 a.m. Wednesday

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Officers found the vehicle in a parking ramp. The suspect – 28-year-old Demetrios Carter - took off on foot.

RELATED: Stolen vehicle suspect apprehended at MSP airport, light rail service resumes

Police said as officers searched for Carter he went into the loading dock and tried to get into Terminal 1 at Concourse C through two secure doors with alarms. According to officials, when that didn’t work, Carter convinced an employee for the company that manages the loading dock to let him in.

The employee’s security card has been suspended for violating security regulations, said the Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesperson.

The spokesperson told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Carter next headed down the skyway between Concourses C and G before heading out past security.

The chase continued as Carter made it to the Terminal 1 light rail station and entered the tunnel.

The Blue Line was shut down while Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies, Bloomington police and Metro Transit police assisted with the search.

He was arrested near the Terminal 2 station around 10:15 a.m.

An airport spokesperson said Carter suffered self-inflicted injuries while fleeing and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in handcuffs. The handcuffs were removed as he was treated. Officials said he fled the hospital and was arrested by Minneapolis police.

Carter was treated again for his injuries before being transferred to the Hennepin County Detention Center.

An airport spokesperson said the following charges are pending for Carter: fleeing a peace officer, theft, possession of a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, fifth-degree drug possession, trespass and escape from custody. 

A TSA spokesperson told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they are investigating with Airport Police.

“To go into the concourse area through an access control door really doesn't happen that often,” said Jeff Price, an aviation expert and professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

He said every airport has a TSA-approved security plan, which makes the airport responsible for securing the perimeters, including the loading docks. The goal, he said, is to prevent someone from accessing a plane.

“Did the airport carry out its security program the way it's supposed to? If they did, the TSA will look at their approval of that security program and see if there are things they need to change,” he said.

According to Price, the TSA just passed new directives on perimeter security.

“They’re starting to look more at public area security and they're starting to look at perimeter security to see if airports need to do more,” he said.

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