Photographer Arrested for Trespassing, Assault at Tesla Gigafactory
The Tesla Gigafactory in the Nevada desert is certainly garnering its fair share of attention, but a pair of journalists took things too far, according to a release from the electric automaker. The company claims that two local journos trespassed on the site of the new factory. Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 is a massive facility under construction outside Reno, Nevada, where the electric automaker is slated to build batteries in the coming years. Per a post on Tesla’s company blog: “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.” RELATED: A Tesla Model Y Is Coming, But a Model S Redesign Is Not Jose Andrews Barron and another unnamed individual of the Reno Gazette-Journal were the two alleged trespassers. Tesla’s blog claims the two refused to provide names, despite wearing RGJ official badging. Tesla says the security worker that found the two asked that the stay in place while the police arrived, when the two took off for their Jeep, which also had RGJ signage on the doors.
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According to the post, as the RGJ employees left in the Jeep a Tesla employee tried to take down the license plate, and Barron put the Jeep into reverse striking the employee. It also claims that their Jeep struck an ATV carrying two Tesla safety workers.
Barron has been arrested and is charged with trespassing and battery with a deadly weapon. The Gazette-Journal has put out a post that disputes details of the incident. It should also be noted that Tesla is historically very active in controlling the message when it comes to any details of its business. Barron has been a photographer with the Gazette-Journal since 1998. It is not clear if he is still employed by the paper.
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