Authorities jailed a man after he jumped out of a plane that was taxiing to a gate at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, The Associated Press reported.
The Phoenix Police Department said on Saturday that Daniel Ramirez was booked into jail on Saturday night on suspicion of trespassing.
Police said Ramirez was a passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight from Colorado Springs, Colo., when he opened a rear gallery door and jumped out of the taxiing plane, according to the AP.
Fire department officials said Ramirez entered the airport’s fire station, where he walked into a room and locked himself inside.
Authorities said responding firefighters were able to get Ramirez to unlock the room, adding that he was evaluated and sent to a nearby medical facility to be treated for a lower leg injury, the AP reported.
Southwest officials said the plane’s captain notified authorities about Ramirez, adding that the plane’s crew and passengers were able to go to their designated gate.
Ramirez, 30, is facing two felony counts of trespassing in relation to the incident.
Ramirez’s family said he was in Colorado for a titling job but wanted to come back home because he feared for his life, sharing that he might be schizophrenic based on their family history, the AP noted.
“I don’t want him to be portrayed as some crazy guy that jumped out off the plane. He was running and hiding because he thought somebody was after him,” Theresa Padilla, his mother, told ABC affiliate KNXV.