Florida man crashed stolen car through airport fence, broke into Coast Guard plane cockpit

Mario Skljoc

A wannabe pilot left havoc in his wake at a Florida airport Saturday before being taken into custody inside the cockpit of a Coast Guard plane.

Herrera Hamilton Moreno, 36, was arrested at the St. Pete/Clearwater airport just before 5 a.m. Saturday after a car chase, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Moreno was first spotted driving on the runway near parked commercial airliners, police said. When officials approached him, he fled in the car, which had been reported stolen in Tampa earlier that night.


Police chased Moreno until he crashed into a US Coast Guard security gate. Then, the suspect got out of the car and allegedly fled on foot before climbing into a parked C-130 aircraft and entering the cockpit.

That’s where officials were able to catch up to Moreno and arrest him.

Moreno has been charged with grand theft auto, two counts of criminal mischief, burglary, fleeing and eluding and being a habitual traffic offender. Police also said he could face federal charges.

“The pain you imprinted on my heart, my family’s heart ... is a pain that will never go away,” said Philip’s crying sister, Jasmine Philip, 27, at Pagett’s sentencing in Brooklyn Federal Court on Thursday. “I don’t forgive you and I will never forgive you for what you robbed me and my family of.”

Larry Pagett, pictured, Crips street gang leader, will spend the rest of his life in prison for a 2015 murder.

Surveillance video from inside the club shows the moment that Pagett opens fire and blasts Philip, 27 in the the head and back from close range.

Philip, a member of Eight Trey’s rivals, Folk Nation, crumpled to the floor as Pagett hit him with a hail of bullets. Five others were injured either by gunfire or the stampede of people running for their lives.

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