One In Custody Following Incident At NAS-CC That Started In Beeville

Corpus Christi— A bizarre incident took place early Monday morning as an intruder crashed through a gate at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi just around 7:00 a.m. The incident started in Beeville in the pre-dawn hours Monday morning when a white Dodge Ram pickup was stolen from a Stripes convenience store parking lot. 

Police were able to locate the vehicle traveling south on US 181 when they attempted to stop the vehicle. A long chase ensued that went through Portland and eventually into Corpus Christi. Police were unable to stop the subject as he made his way down Ocean Drive towards NAS-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.  

It was then that the vehicle made its way past the first layer of security on the base, before being stopped by a secondary security device. That is when the man in his 30s made a run for it on foot. 

Authorities immediately began searching for the Caucasian male, described as wearing jeans and gray shirt. Police and security personnel discovered that the truck had ammunition and weapons inside, which led to an immediate lockdown of the base and the enactment of their active shooter protocol was called for as a precaution, though no active shooter threat was ever formally indicated by security or law enforcement.

Nearby Texas A&M-Corpus Christi went on lockdown, as well during the incident. Campus police called in extra security as a “just in case” measure to keep students and staff safe. 

School bus service on the base was delayed for a short period of time Monday morning while the base was on lockdown. 

Just around 7:30 Monday morning, authorities announced that the suspect had been apprehended and within an hour it was determined that there was no longer a threat to safety or security. By 9:00 a.m. most operations on base and on campus has returned to normal. 

The North Gate, where Monday’s incident took place will remain closed until further notice. All access to the base will be through the South Gate entrance off of NAS Drive. 

This is the second such incident to occur this year at the Naval Air Station. Back in February,  Daniel E. King drove through a checkpoint at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi, on N.A.S. Drive, and sped away in a stolen vehicle before crashing into a barrier on Ocean Drive. King was fatally shot during the incident.    

The name of the suspect in this incident has been identified by officials as 47-year-old Brian Robinson. Robinson is currently facing charges of possession of a stolen firearm. Other charges are still pending. 



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