Two RGJ employees allegedly trespassed on Tesla’s Gigafactory grounds
According to a blog post published by electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors on Tuesday, two Reno Gazette-Journal (RGJ) employees trespassed on the automaker’s still-under-construction Gigafactory grounds last Friday morning. The Gigafactory is Tesla's lithium-ion battery plant outside Sparks, Nevada.
As per the details shared in the blog post, a Tesla security guard spotted RGJ photographer Jose Andrews Barron and another RGJ employee on the Gigafactory property on Friday. The two RGJ employees were allegedly clicking pictures of the Gigafactory.
The security guard at the Gigafactory called for backup, alerted the Sheriff’s Department, and approached the two RGJ employees. He asked them their names and “notified them that they were trespassing on Tesla property.” However, the two people refused to divulge their names, even though their ‘RGJ’ ID credentials were hanging from their pockets; and also denied that they were trespassing.
The two trespassers were taken back to their Jeep by the responding security guard who, along with another security guard, asked them to wait until the Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived. However, Barron tried to drive away and, as per RGJ’s statement, “either hit or almost hit one or more of the security officers” while putting the Jeep in reverse.
Eventually deputies from the Sheriff’s Department arrested Barron and his colleague at took them to the local detention center, where Barron was held for felony battery and trespassing, with a $30,000 bail.
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