Staff working at a local helicopter company one afternoon last week were surprised to look out and see a man inside a secure area where a helicopter was parked. They watched as he tore the door off the helicopter, and as they raced outside, he continued his attempts to damage the aircraft.

The suspect allegedly threatened to kill the employees. As police arrived, he fled by jumping over a perimeter fence. He walked up to a police car and threw a large rock onto the windshield, smashing the glass, which flew into the face of an approaching police officer.

The man was arrested and is now charged with break-and-enter, mischief, assault police officer, and threatening. The police officer was not injured.