“Pulling Levers:” Arkansas Teen Tried To Steal Jet To Fly To Rap Concert

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Famous Dex puts on a show worth stealing a jet to attend.

A 19-year-old Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to trying to steal a commercial plane so he could fly to Chicago to attend a rap concert by Famous Dex. 

The Texarkana Gazette reports that Zemarcuis Scott of Texarkana pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted theft of property and commercial burglary. He was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and court costs and participate in any mental health treatment suggested by the probation department.  

Airport security saw Scott jump a fence onto the property of the Texarkana Regional Airport around 2:30 a.m. on 4JUL, 2018, and immediately called police.  He was found  inside the cockpit of an American Eagle jet and told investigators that he was planning to fly to an out-of-state concert. 

Scott has no training as a pilot. Police said he told investigators he thought piloting the plane would involve little more than pushing buttons and pulling levers. 

In December, he was found mentally competent to stand trial. According to the Gazette, Scott told investigators that he'd been thinking about stealing the plane for a month.  

Authorities say the 44-seat jet wasn’t damaged; Scott is prohibited from stepping on Texarkana Regional Airport property while on probation. 

 

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.




Comments

Hanna - January 31, 2019 @ 14:09
I swear the world is getting more weird by the minute. As an aside, I wouldn't attend that concert if you paid me to.

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