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Recruit who tried to flee is no longer in Marines

A recruit who made a perilous dash across the runway at San Diego's Lindbergh Field in an apparent effort 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.

Last week, Yi was detained by airport police after being spotted dashing across the runway from the adjacent boot camp. In climbing two fences, including one topped with razor wire, his pants had been torn off.

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, officials said.


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