By on October 13, 2015

Police say a photographer with the Reno Gazette-Journal on Oct. 9 trespassed at Tesla’s battery factory in Nevada and struck security guards there with a car.

According to Storey County Chief Deputy Melanie Keener, the photographer, Jose Andrews Barron, was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and two counts of felony battery. He was taken to Storey County Jail and held in lieu of $30,000 bail. It’s unclear if Barron is still at the jail.

In a post on its corporate blog, Tesla said Barron and another newspaper employee climbed over a fence and took pictures of the battery factory. When approached, Barron and the other employee jumped into a car with Reno Gazette-Journal stickers. Barron struck a security guard on his way out and hit another security manager on an ATV. According to the newspaper, the driver’s side window was smashed and a seatbelt was cut in half. 

Tesla and the newspaper give different accounts of what happened, although the newspaper’s publisher said it would be investigating the incident.

According to Tesla, two people were charged with trespassing, although the sheriff’s office and the newspaper only confirmed one. The automaker didn’t say if its security guards broke the windows or how they managed to pull Barron from the fleeing Jeep.

Barron is a longtime newspaper photographer and has been with the Reno Gazette-Journal since 1998.

The newspaper’s editor and photo editor did not return calls or emails for comment.

It’s unclear if Barron is still employed at the paper.

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