A man suspected of breaching security and stealing a vehicle at John Wayne Airport, causing passengers to be evacuated and incoming flights held on runways, was taken into custody Friday evening.

The breach was reported just before 7:25 p.m. after the man allegedly breached one of the airport terminals, got onto the tarmac and stole a vehicle, according to reports from the scene.

The man reportedly abandoned the vehicle and fled the area on foot. Security evacuated the airport and held planes on runways as officers searched for the man.

Airport officials announced just before 8:40 p.m. that all terminals and security checkpoints were reopened, but were closed again after Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies found the man hiding in the ceiling near a ticketing area, according to KCAL9.

Sheriff’s deputies negotiated a surrender with the man and announced he was taken in to custody just after 9:50 p.m. His name was not immediately released.

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