IRVINE (CBS/AP) — A man arrested at John Wayne Airport after allegedly trying to take a deputy’s gun was identified Sunday.

Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Strachan said 31-year-old Leonardo Alvarez approached the deputy from behind in the airport’s departure gate area about 2:45 p.m. Friday and tried to grab his pistol.

No shots were fired.

Alvarez was transported to the Orange County Jail.

He could face several felonies, including but not limited to, assault and battery on a peace officer, according to authorities.

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Comments (11)
  1. Jeff says:

    Leonardo Alvarez. The name says it all.

  2. kandles says:

    kudos to Jeff!!!

  3. reusha says:

    He thought he was home, in Mexico!!
    Must be Illegal Alien?

  4. Carlos says:

    To Jeff and Reusha…Look around you, we have taken it all back without a shot being fired. The “invasion” was successful. Mission accomplished!

    1. Gringo says:

      Kudus to Carlos!!!!!!!!

    2. Rick says:

      So let me ask you this. Any invasion, take over or Coup usually comes with VAST IMPROVEMENT to the area involved.
      I want you to take a look around. As you ‘take over’ areas do they look better, cleaner & do the property values go up?
      If you take over an area and said area turns into a Santa Ana/Pacoima/East L.A. type neighborhood then you are not making things better for future generations.

      Name me ONE NEIGHBORHOOD/AREA that has been taken over with vast improvement that quickly follows.

      I bet you can name 5 areas that have been taken over and quickly turned into a 3rd world style way of living.

      You have actually lost the battle that you think you are winning.

  5. gov of alabama says:

    i know this guy….he just wanted a better life in the u.s.

  6. VES says:

    May be life in a U.S. jail is better than living in Mexico. He will get free medical care, free room and board, free cable tv, etc. It may even be better than some American living in poverty. Sad but true.

  7. sat says:

    Y.To all these stupid people that claim Mexico is a 3rd world country how many times and what parts have you been to? None I thought so just talking out of that hole that you call a mouth but only s#ht comes out! Mexico has lots of rich states with the same comforts or even better than the U.S.A but unfortunately not all Mexicans can afford/enjoy. So before you talk you should educate yourself and know what your talking about and yes I have visited all 31 states in Mexico and they all offer different comforts of living. I have also travelled all 48 states of this country (trucking) and I can tell some states look and feel like a 3rd world contry.

  8. Harmik says:

    All of you white people are just mad at the fact that you opened up the borders to everyone a long time ago and now you have a hard time keeping illegals out. You knew that when you opened up the gates you were going to get both legal and illegals coming through but you took the chance and this is the end result. If you didn’t have the funds to stop illegals before 9/11 now that you have a never-ending war on terror for the rest of America’s life, your surly wont have the funds to stop illegals. In others words, all you can do is vent…but that is very therapeutic so keep it up 🙂 By the way…I’m not Mexican…I’m an Armenian who loves Latina women and knows you white folks messed up big time…lol…but I still love you because I’m considered Caucasian too

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