Tesla announced 2 journalists in a Jeep tried to trespass on their Gigafactory and then attacked Tesla employees.
Tesla claimed that two journalists tried to trespass on their Gigafactory plant. When the journalists inside a Jeep were caught and asked to leave they assaulted Tesla employees.
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"Last Friday at approximately 11:50 am, a Tesla safety manager received a complaint about two trespassers taking pictures at the Gigafactory. The Tesla employee requested assistance and the Storey County Sheriff’s department was alerted," Tesla stated in official blog post.
The journalists are from the Reno Gazette Journal. The journalists have since been arrested and will face battery charges. According to the blog post by Tesla the journalists were asked to simply leave but they ignored the request.
"After locating the two trespassers, the Tesla employee approached them. He asked their names and notified them that they were trespassing on Tesla property. They refused to provide their names, despite the Reno Gazette Journal (“RGJ”) ID credentials hanging from their pockets. They also denied that they were trespassing even though they had climbed through a fence designated with "private property" signs," stated Tesla.
"The vehicle belonging to the two trespassers was a Jeep marked with RGJ decals on both doors. The two individuals were later identified as RGJ employees."
The journalists then went on to use their jeep to ram into Tesla employees. Tesla also mentioned that trespassing at the Gigafactory has occurred many times. But this is the first time things have taken a dark turn.
The driver of the Jeep has specifically been charged with two counts of battery. The other journalists will be charged with one count of trespassing. The person behind the wheel was a photographer for RGJ Andy Barron.
The police arrested the photographer on Friday for battery with a deadly weapon. The blog post by Tesla also mentions the journalists were caught by Tesla security guards. A Tesla safety manager was then contacted.
When the manager asked the journalists for their names, the RGJ journalists refused. Even though the journalists had their RGJ badges they refused and it led to an altercation. The journalists were then asked to remain put while the Sherriff was notified.
The RGJ journalists entered their Jeep while the Tesla guard was noting their license plate. The driver immediately rammed the jeep in the guard hitting his left hip. The blow resulted in multiple injuries. The journalists then fled the scene, knocking the ATV in their haste. Andy Barron was arrested after Police investigated the crime scene.
"We appreciate the interest in the Gigafactory, but the repeated acts of trespassing, including by those working for the RGJ, is illegal, dangerous and needs to stop," stated Tesla at the end of its blog post.
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"In particular, we will not stand for assaults on our employees and are working with law enforcement to investigate this incident and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice."