LINCOLN COUNTY, Nev. (WGHP) -- Two Dutch friends said they just wanted a good look at the mysterious Area 51 before leaving the US, but they ended up in a Nevada jail, instead.
Ties Granzier, 20, and Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep, 21, were arrested about three miles deep into the Nevada National Security Site, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said.
The site is near Area 51, which has been the focus of conspiracy theories for decades alleging the US government keeps evidence about aliens and UFOs there. Someone recently created a Facebook event page seeking people to storm the site this Friday.
But the two men say never planned to participate in that.
“We didn’t have any intention to storm it because we leave on the day before the actual storming dates, and we just wanted… to go there,” Sweep told KTNV. They just wanted to get a good view of it, he said.
When arrested Sept. 10, both men told deputies they could read, write and speak English and had seen the ‘No Trespassing’ signs at the entrance of the site. But they said they wanted to take a look at the facility, police said.