Trespassers who rammed USAF entry point and were shot at identified as minors

Lucas Zynel (left) and Symmian Phillips (right).  (Photo: Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office)

Two teenagers are allegedly behind the gate breach that took place at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport earlier this month, forcing their way into the compound of the 128th Air Refueling Wing and nearly running down several individuals.

16-year-old Lucas Zynel and 17-year-old Symmian Phillips were one of three involved in the incident, which involved a stolen vehicle and a 14-year-old, whose name was not released.

Zynel, Phillips and the third suspect were seen on surveillance video around fifteen minutes after the vehicle was reported stolen, with Zynel behind the wheel.

Meeting up with Zynel, the two other suspects entered the vehicle and drove towards the 128ths controlled checkpoint at around 25-30 MPH.

According to the Journal Sentinel, Zynel drove past warning signs and the guard hut, and soon had Security Forces pursuing him in cruisers. At one point, he nearly struck a Master Sergeant at an intersection.

At one point the chase, the 14-year-old switched places with Zynel at speeds of around 45-50 MPH in a 20 MPH zone, the vehicle nearly hitting two other military personnel during the transit.

During the breach, a Security Forces Captain attempted to fire upon the vehicle, but did not get a shot off due to a weapons malfunction. Later, the Master Sergeant managed to land a round into the vehicle’s tire.

The 14-year-old crashed through a barricade, traversing a busy parking lot and striking a Security Forces vehicle. By this point, the base had been locked down, and the teen was forced to push through oncoming traffic in an attempt to escape. Slowed down by concrete serpentine barriers, the teens could not get enough speed to break through a chain link fence and became stuck.

Their joyride at an end, the three juvenile delinquents were ordered out of the vehicle at gunpoint. Phillips and the youngest suspect reportedly laughed about their predicament.

Facing charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, attempting to flee or elude an officer and second-degree recklessly endangering safety, Zynel could face up to $45,000 in fines, nearly two decades in jail.

Phillips was charged with operating a vehicle without owner’s consent as a knowing passenger, but has since pleaded not-guilty. He has been turned over to a social justice organization for supervision and had a cash bond set at $750.

It is unknown what charges the 14-year-old will face.

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