LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two men from the Netherlands who said they wanted to post internet video of the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada were arrested on suspicion of trespassing onto a secure U.S. government reservation, sheriff’s officials said Thursday.
Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Savage and Ties Granzier told Nye County sheriff’s deputies they were in the remote area to attend events next week near the once top-secret U.S. Air Force test area known in popular lore as a site for government studies of space aliens.
“That’s why they said they were here,” Nye County Sheriff’s Capt. David Boruchowitz said.
Area 51 is the focus of events next weekend in the tiny towns of Rachel and Hiko inspired by a Facebook post inviting people to “see them aliens.”
Savage, 21, and Granzier, 20, were arrested Tuesday on the misdemeanor charges after they were found in a car near a gate inside the Nevada National Security Site, authorities said.