‘Greg Rodriguez’: Man arrested for swim near JFK
A naked man swimming in the waters near the main aviation fuel storage area at JFK?airport was arrested and charged with trespassing, the authority that runs the airport said yesterday.
Patrolling officers spotted the man at about 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday. “When the patrols approached the man, he ran toward the fuel farm and was caught near a boat dock,” said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The man never entered any of the airport’s restricted areas, Coleman said.
The man identified himself as Greg Rodriguez, 30, although the authority said it was still trying to confirm his identity.
The man was taken to Jamaica Hospital for psychiatric evaluation, and the case remains under investigation.
JFK abuts New York City’s Jamaica Bay, much of which is designated as part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, a popular destination for swimming, bird-watching and sailing — although not usually in areas so close to the airport.