San Jose police on Wednesday identified the woman they arrested in connection with scaling a fence at Mineta San Jose International Airport , a young woman who turned 20 last week and who her uncle said had just broken up with her boyfriend.
Deanna Predoehl of Sunnyvale was taken into custody after a UPS airline employee spotted her Tuesday about 5:15 p.m. at the southeast corner of the airport and alerted San Jose Airport police.
A preliminary investigation shows she possibly jumped the fence near the southwest corner of the airport near Gate 168, according to airport spokeswoman Vicki Day. Day added the security breach did not interrupt the airport's schedule, and passengers didn't know what was going on. She added the Transportation Security Administration and the police department are investigating.
San Jose police said Predoehl resisted arrest, but was eventually detained and "subdued" by officers. She had no identification and refused to identify herself to officers, Officer Albert Morales said. The Santa Clara District Attorney's Office did not have her case by Wednesday at noon.
Her uncle, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke to Telemundo on Wednesday, saying he had "no idea what was going on, she just moved to the house a couple of days ago. She had just broken up with a boyfriend." He did add the last time he saw her was last week, and he received a text from her a few nights ago, but he hadn't seen her in person. Other than that, the uncle said: "I really have no comment."
Airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes on Wednesday insisted the airport and its 9.4 million customers was safe despite Predoehl being the fifth security breach at the San Jose airport in less than 12 months. She credited the UPS employee for saying something and stopping the woman before she went too far. "They did their work well," she said of the employee and police. "We are continued to be motivated to enhance our security and safety. That's our top priority here."
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Pleasanton), who previously at on the House Homeland Security Committee, told NBC Bay Area that San Jose's airport has had the most breaches in the last year out of any other airport in the country that he is aware of. But he did not provide specifics or evidence. The TSA on Wednesday also did not provide an immediate list of similar breaches when asked.
Oakland International Airport officials said there have been two "perimeter incursions" over the past two years. Officials said both incidents involved someone breaking into a remote construction site on the outer edge of the airport's 2,600-acre property and stealing copper and other construction items.
The Oakland incidents also were not near aircraft or operations areas, according to airport officials.
Two of those San Jose airport breaches include the high-profile cases of the 15-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet to get to his mother in Africa in April, and 62-year-old serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman, who bypassed security in August, hopping on a flight to Los Angeles. NBC Bay Area's Investigative Unit was the first to report Hartman's story.
On Nov. 23, Miguel Zaragoza was arrested after he was caught trespassing on the Atlantic Aviation ramp at the airport alone Coleman Avenue. When airport employees took him to a lobby to wait for police, Zaragoza fled, allegedly stole a city maintenance truck and drove through the airport before he was taken into custody at Terminal B. He never made it to the runway.
Finally, on Jan. 29, Jose Mendoza was arrested on a misdemeanor trespassing charge after he was spotted by a security guard around 11:50 p.m. walking on a vehicle road on the tarmac-side of the airport inside the security fence, according to police.
A few airport passengers were surprised to learn the news. Traveler Lisa Mednick said she's "always kind of amazed that security doesn't drive by" the outside airport gate more often. "I see people lined all along the sides," she said. "I don't know if they're taking pictures or what they're doing."
Passenger Tom DeSchryver didn't know about the arrest and wasn't too concerned. "A woman?" he said. "Wow. No, I'm not worried."
NBC Bay Area's Shawn Murphy, Marianne Favro, Cheryl Hurd, Kristofer Noceda, Alan Waples and Lauren Inderhees contributed to this report. Telemundo's Andres Bender also contributed to this report.