Wanted sex offender makes it through airport checkpoint with stun gun www.privateofficer.com
New York NY March 14 2013 A 23-year-old man being sought by police Wednesday made his way through a security checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport while carrying a stun-gun, a law-enforcement official said.
The suspect, who was wanted after allegedly raping his former girlfriend, had been waiting in line inside Terminal Four to board an 8:40 a.m. flight to London on Wednesday when he was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, the official said. He was carrying a gym bag which was found to contain clothing, toiletries and a 3,800K-volt stun-gun, which is on the list of banned items for airplane travel.
The suspect was turned over to New York Police Department detectives, who are investigating accusations that he assaulted and raped his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend at her Queens apartment after arriving from Greece three days ago. He was expected to be charged later Wednesday and his name wasn’t released.
A TSA spokesperson couldn’t immediately comment on the incident.
The apparent breach of airport security follows a report last week that an undercover Transportation Security Administration inspector brought a mock explosive device through two security checks at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The improvised device, which was hidden in his pants, went undetected despite a pat-down by TSA agents, according to the report in the New York Post.
A blog post on the TSA’s website Wednesday said the incident at Newark was a test by the agency’s inspectors:
When a test is failed, we don’t simply check a tick mark in a box and move on. Nor do we take punitive measures as this testing is a learning experience. The results are shared with TSA leadership at the airport and HQ, as well as the officers who were part of the test, noting areas for improvement where warranted. The findings from these covert tests can result in changes to our policies and procedures, or even tweaks to our technology.
TSA officials also moved last week to allow small knives through airport security checkpoints starting on April 25, a policy change intended to ease the job of its screening personnel. But the announcement prompted a backlash from congressional lawmakers, airline employees and even TSA personnel, who worry it could make flying more dangerous.
The law-enforcement official said the powerful stun-gun carried by the suspect in Wednesday’s apparent airport-security breach had been used in an alleged attack on his ex-girlfriend.
Staff at Queens General Hospital alerted police detective early Wednesday that a woman in the emergency room had reported being assaulted and raped, the official said. She told investigators that her former boyfriend came to her apartment, attacked her with a stun-gun and sexually assaulted her over several hours, the official said.
She was at the hospital being treated for her injuries and ingesting about 35 Advil pills, the official said. She had at least 15 separate injuries associated with the alleged attack.