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Police: Man broke into New Port Richey hospital helicopter

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 36-year-old man was arrested early Saturday after he broke into a hospital helicopter, intending to fly to Clearwater, police said.

About 4 a.m., police responded to a report of a suspicious person outside Community Hospital, at 5637 Marine Parkway.

Hospital security officers told police they had asked a man, later identified as Phillip Kan Sikes, of 1843 Lexington Place in Tarpon Springs, to leave the hospital. Instead, he took refuge in the cockpit of a Bayflite helicopter outside.

Officers said they saw Sikes deploy a flotation safety device by pulling an activation cord in the helicopter before saying he planned to fly to Clearwater.

Sikes was arrested without incident on a charge of burglarizing an unoccupied conveyance.

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