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Officials: 5 foreign nationals held in Texas court break-in not dangerous, had been drinking
SAN ANTONIO (AP) ' Authorities in Texas are defending a heavy tactical response after five foreign nationals with French visas broke into a county courthouse, though they were later described as harmless bar hoppers just goofing around.
Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz said Wednesday the five men had been out drinking and appeared to pose no security threat. The men were in their 20s and had French addresses, but their nationalities were unclear.
Authorities released a surveillance photo of two of them wearing sombreros while running down a hallway. A beer bottle was found in one courtroom.
The men were arrested around 1:30 a.m. Police closed several downtown blocks and brought in bomb-sniffing dogs.
Ortiz says heightened national security justified the response after the men were identified as foreign nationals traveling in an RV.