YouTuber Arrested While Trying To Trespass Near Area 51
A pair of Dutch travelers have been arrested after entering a secure US government site in the Nevada Desert, located just over 15 kilometres from Area 51.
The men, identified as Ties Granzier, 20, and Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep, 21, managed to make it about five kilometres into the Nevada National Security Site before authorities caught up with them.
According to the Nye County Sheriff's office, the Netherlands nationals told deputies they spoke, wrote and read English, and understood the "No Trespassing" signage but wanted to check out the facility anyway.
Inside the pair's car -- which was parked outside a gate inside the facility -- authorities found several cameras, a phone, a laptop, and a drone.
Granzier told officers he was a YouTube personality and had been filming inside the facility.
"Both individuals consented to a search of their cameras, and deputies observed video footage taken on Nevada National Security Site property," Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said.
Under the name "Ties", Granzier has more than 730,000 subscribers on YouTube and posts mostly construction videos -- building boats, dog houses and caravans.
Before he was arrested on Tuesday, the 20-year-old posted a series of photos of him visiting the Grand Canyon and Hoover Damn, mentioning Area 51 in the caption with an alien emoji.
The Nevada National Security Site is essentially a massive laboratory which plays host to scientists conducting nuclear experiments.
Sweep and Granzier were both charged with trespassing and are currently being held at the Nye County Detention Centre.
The arrests come as a few more eyes than normal are currently set on Area 51, as the date of a viral Facebook event to storm the facility looms closer.
'Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All Of Us' gained massive attention in July with its plan to bust into the top-secret government facility and "see them aliens".
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The event -- which has some two million people listed as 'going' and a further 1.5 million 'interested' -- is scheduled for September 20.
"We will all meet up in Rural Nevada and coordinate our parties," the Facebook page reads.
"If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets (sic) see them aliens."
The page was, of course, not intended to be taken seriously, with a pinned post reading: "Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan."
But as more and more people jumped on the idea, the US Airforce felt the need to discourage people from trying their luck at the facility, ensuring the force "always stands ready to protect America and its assets".
The event's creator, 21-year-old Matty Roberts, eventually changed track and instead began promoting Alienstock Festival -- a music festival celebrating aliens to be held in a nearby town the same weekend as the original "Storm Area 51" event.
But on Thursday, Roberts pulled the pin on this "due to the lack of infrastructure, poor planning, risk management and blatant disregard for the safety of the expected 10,000+ AlienStock attendees," according to the festival's website.