Prosecutors: Man held on $100K bail after hopping barbed wire to run onto O'Hare tarmac

Tribune reporters

An Austin neighborhood man was ordered held on $100,000 bail after he allegedly jumped barbed wire and then ran onto the tarmac at O’Hare Airport Saturday afternoon prompting a police chase and felony charges, police said.

It was about 3 p.m. when an air operations staffer spotted 23-year-old Ardell Walker walking on runway 14R with his right hand in his pocket and called police.

A responding Chicago Police sergeant ordered Walker to stop and show his hands but Walker ran away so the sergeant began a foot pursuit while air operations personnel gave chase in vehicles, police said.

The chase continued to where an American Airlines flight was taxiing when police again - at gunpoint - directed Walker to stop and show his hands, police said.

At his bond hearing, prosecutors said Walker jumped the barbwire fence to get on the tarmac and was chased until being caught under the wing of an airplane that was taxiing.

Walker did not and the sergeant, seeing the approaching plane, holstered his gun and wrestled Walker to the ground and took him into custody. Walker, who suffered a gash on his leg during the incident, was taken to a nearby hospital and the sergeant, who suffered cuts on his hands, was treated at the police station by Chicago Fire Department paramedics, police said.

Walker, of the 5200 block of West Van Buren Street, was charged with felony criminal trespass to an airport’s restricted area and misdemeanor resisting a peace officer, police said.



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