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LAX Threats Arrest

LAX Threats Arrest

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A former Transportation Security Administration  screener suspected of making threats to terminals at Los Angeles International  Airport was in custody today following his arrest in Riverside, authorities  said.

   Nna Alpha Onuoha, 29, of Inglewood was arrested just before midnight  Tuesday by members of the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force with  assistance from the Riverside Police Department, said Los Angeles-based FBI  spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

   Onuoha Tuesday resigned from the TSA, which had employed him since 2006,  Eimiller said, adding without elaboration that he had recently been suspended  from his job.

   After he resigned, Onuoha allegedly left a package at the TSA's LAX  headquarters addressed to an agency employee, Eimiller said in a statement  issued early this morning.

   A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad determined the package was  harmless, but it did contain an eight-page letter in which Onuoha wrote about  the incident that led to his suspension and expressed ``his disdain for the  United States,'' she said.

   ``Later in the day, a male believed to be Onuoha telephonically  contacted the TSA, instructing an employee to `begin evacuating certain  terminals at the airport,''' Eimiller said. ``The caller told the employee that  he would `be watching' to see if TSA was evacuating the terminals as he  instructed.''

   Another call was received by the TSA, again believed to have been from  Onuoha, saying that specific LAX terminals should be evacuated, she said.

   ``The terminals in question were cleared by law enforcement personnel  and no threat to the airport was found,'' Eimiller said.

   Members of the JTTF then went to Onuoha's apartment, which they found  empty except for a note taped inside a closet ``containing an unspecified  threat citing the 9/11/13 anniversary,'' she said.

   Onuoha was later arrested and was being held on suspicion of making  threats, pending further investigation, Eimiller said. Why he went to Riverside  was not immediately clear.  

Posted by Donald Morrison

 

 

 

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