Bush Airport employee used luggage trolley to block chase suspect, records say

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Bush Airport employee used trolley to block chase suspect, records say
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A Bush Intercontinental Airport employee used a luggage trolley to try to stop chase suspect Karl Hollis, who was in a stolen truck, records say.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- While Karl Hollis, the man accused of crashing through the gates at Bush Intercontinental Airport is set to face a judge sometime Wednesday, we're learning more about the apparent role an airport employee played in efforts to stop him.

According to court documents, a Bush Airport employee used a luggage trolley to physically block Hollis from hitting an airplane.

Instead, Hollis hit the trolley and a white minivan.

The incident briefly stopped the operations at the airport on Monday evening.

Hollis, 35, was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle -- for which he'd already had an open warrant -- as well as felony evading and felony criminal mischief after the chaos on Monday.

It all began at about 9:10 p.m., when deputies with Constable Mark Herman's office tried to stop a person in a stolen box truck in the 20100 block of the North Freeway.

That person was reportedly Hollis, who ended up leading authorities on a chase for approximately 66 miles through parts of Montgomery County and Harris County on the Hardy Toll Road, where officials successfully spiked the vehicle.

Hollis, however, authorities say was able to continue, heading toward the airport and took a left turn into a dead end, where the truck crashed through the FV5 gate on North Terminal Road.

Officials said the truck crossed taxiways and a cargo area before stopping on the south side of Terminal B, where he bailed from the truck, which was stolen back on March 23.

The owner of the truck told ABC13 that back in March, he was working at Dunkin' Donuts in the 5000 block of Louetta, and noticed that when he went outside to turn off the water, his truck was gone.

Fast forward to April 3, and that same truck would be found crashed out at the airport.

After Hollis ran off, he was later found inside the tunnels under the airport near the Marriott Hotel.

Hollis is accused of driving through restricted areas and could also face federal charges.

Still, this wasn't his first run-in with the law in the past month.

On March 26, Hollis was charged in a separate, unrelated incident for allegedly stealing a U-Haul 10 days earlier.

According to court documents, the U-Haul incident occurred after Hollis left jail for a previous offense.

He also has an evading charge from 2019 and 2008.

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Original story: Stolen box truck leads chase into Bush Intercontinental Airport, crashes into Terminal B building