Man wearing FC Barcelona jersey disrupts flights at North Perry Airport

Pembroke Pines Police Department identifies culprit as 26-year-old man

By Janine Stanwood - Anchor/Reporter , Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor , Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - Could this FC Barcelona fan be on edge over Lionel Messi's contract? Authorities spotted him walking on a runway at North Perry Airport, and his erratic behavior prompted investigators to order a psychiatric evaluation.  

The 26-year-old man who was wearing an FC Barcelona number 10 soccer jersey prompted security concerns at the Broward County Aviation Department airport in Pembroke Pines Friday afternoon. 

"It was very bizarre," SKY-10 Photojournalist Dean Miuccio said. "It was one of the most bizarre things I have seen."

According to Sgt. Adam Feiner investigators identified the culprit as Carlos Steven Caicedo-Orejuela. When he saw Pembroke Pines Police Department officers approaching, he took off running. During the arrest, he shouted he was HIV positive and spit at a police officer. 

Caicedo-Orejuel appeared in court Saturday and was ordered to surrender his passport. He was facing charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and trespassing.

Feiner said Caicedo-Orejuela lives about 15 minutes away from the airport down Hollywood Boulevard near the Hollywood Branch Library. Carla Gomez, a neighbor, said she knows him as a married father of two with financial and marital problems. 

"I wouldn't think that he was going to do such a thing ... He is so quiet," Gomez said. 

After the arrest, North Perry Airport resumed operations about 4:45 p.m. The FBI, the Broward County Aviation Department and the Federal Aviation Administration were notified and there was an ongoing investigation. 

Police officers didn't say if Caicedo-Orejuela was a fan of FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, but his fans have been on edge since the Argentine star has yet to renew his contract with the team. 

 

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