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Recruit no longer with Marines after making dash across runway

Benjamin Yi, 22, of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been separated from the Marine Corps after dashing across the runway at San Diego's Lindbergh Field in an apparent attempt to flee boot camp.

January 24, 2013|By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

SAN DIEGO — A recruit who made a perilous dash across the runway at San Diego's Lindbergh Field in an apparent attempt to flee Marine boot camp is no longer in the Marine Corps, authorities said Thursday.

Benjamin Yi, 22, of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been separated from recruit training and the Marine Corps, officials said.

Last week, Yi was detained by airport police after being spotted dashing across the runway from the adjacent boot camp.

Yi's pants were torn off when he climbed two fences, including one topped with razor wire.

Yi arrived at the boot camp three days earlier and was undergoing initial screening before beginning the training regimen.

Flight operations at the airport were not interrupted by Yi's dash, officials said.

tony.perry@latimes.com

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