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Arrest report states armed man who tried to drive truck into NAS-CC was suicidal

Posted at 12:31 PM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 13:45:34-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The man accused of trying to drive a stolen truck into Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi may have been attempting suicide.

KRIS 6 News has obtained Brian Dale Robinson's arrest affidavit.

According to the report, moments before the 47-year old was taken into custody, he told agents he had suicidal thoughts at the hands by police.

The entire incident began at 5:30 a.m. According to the San Patricio County Sheriff's Department, Robinson was at a Stripes convenience store in Beeville. Someone left their white Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck with the engine running.
According to witnesses, Robinson jumped into the truck and took off.

Moments later, the San Patricio County Sheriff's Department was contacted. They were told there were two pistols inside the truck. Deputies spotted the 2018 white Dodge Ram and began chasing it along State Highway 181 in St. Paul.

The chase continued through Taft, Gregory, Portland and onto the Harbor Bridge.

Once the suspect crossed over the bridge, he continued on Ocean Drive to the north gate of NAS-CC, where a "denial device," part of the base's security measures, disabled the truck.

Robinson then grabbed a handgun and jumped out of the truck. He ran toward Building 20 and hid near a dumpster.

The report states when Naval Criminal Investigative Service Agents arrived, "Robinson stated he had suicidal thoughts to include suicide by cop; however, he did not want anyone else to be hurt so he opted to drop the weapon."

Robinson was arrested without incident.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Robinson is facing charges of possession of a stolen firearm.

Robinson made his initial appearance in federal court Tuesday. He was given a court-appointed attorney and will be back in court Friday for a detention hearing.