Posted at: 10/09/2013 11:45 AM
Updated at: 10/09/2013 12:16 PM
The family of a boy, who snuck onto a plane at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and flew to Las Vegas, spoke Wednesday at a news conference in Minneapolis.
The 9-year-old boy was making the trip to meet someone he had met online, said Patrick Hogan, MSP spokesman.
According to our sister station KSTP-TV, the boy possibly met the person through a video game. His mother told authorities that the family has no friends or family in Las Vegas.
The boy allegedly took a light rail train to the airport on both Wednesday, Oct. 2, and Thursday, Oct. 3. Before boarding the flight for Las Vegas, the boy spent at least part of his time at Hot Dish, a restaurant in Terminal 1, where he reportedly ordered food then left without paying, said Hot Dish server Jacob Smith.
The boy also has been reportedly connected to stealing a delivery truck at United Noodles in Minneapolis. Business owner Mei Dang said Minneapolis police told her the boy who stole the truck was in Las Vegas. She says surveillance video shows the suspect "came in from the gate. He got in the truck. He was just driving the truck like driving a game--made a couple of turns in the parking lot and then hit a post."
The truck then took off, and it wasn't long before police were chasing it. Police reports say witnesses identified the driver as a kid. Nearly 10 miles away from United Noodles, the truck crashed into an Edina Police car that had joined the chase.
Police have not confirmed that the 9-year-old was involved in the vehicle theft.