SAN JOSE -- Now that he's back in California, the San Jose Police Department is looking to interview a Santa Clara teen about how he scaled a fence at Mineta-San Jose International Airport and hitched a death-defying flight in the wheel well of a Maui-bound jetliner, spurring congressional-level security concerns.
"We're going to attempt to make contact and document the incident," police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said Monday.
SJPD is the primary law-enforcement agency at Mineta and works in tandem with airport security and the federal Transportation Security Administration.
"Arrangements are being made and we will handle the initial investigative part of it," Morales said.
When that interview might happen is uncertain. An airport spokeswoman said officials there don't plan to talk to the teen.
The Department of Health Services in Hawaii on Friday confirmed that 15-year-old Yahya Abdi was no longer in the state. Until then he had been under the agency's watch at a Honolulu children's hospital, where he was treated for breathing difficulties. His now-world-famous April 20 trip was reportedly sparked by him running away from home amid family discord.
A source close to the family said Saturday that Yahya, a Santa Clara High School student and Somali refugee, was now in the care of social services staff in Santa Clara County. Officials would neither confirm nor deny the claim Monday, citing broad privacy restrictions regarding minors.
"Under California law, we cannot disclose whether a child is in the Department of Family & Children's Services custody or the actions the department has taken regarding specific children," said Stanley Lee, program manager for the county's overlying Social Services Agency. "When any child is in our custody, we do all we can to take the best action in that child's interest, looking at all the circumstances affecting the child."
At the family's Santa Clara home on Monday, media trucks continued to camp out. Yahya's father, Abdilahi Yusuf, could be seen coming and going from the house, but he avoided talking to reporters. Yahya's stepmother, Sainab Abdi, stopped as she was backing out of the driveway, said she had not seen Yahya since his return, but she didn't say more.
Sources told this newspaper that Yusuf flew to Hawaii April 28 with clothing and gifts in hopes of reuniting with his son and bringing him home, but was not allowed to see or talk to him. He flew back alone.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Santa Clara, which is helping the family deal with the media, said there will be no imminent news conferences with the family.