Air Force sergeant arrested for bomb threat at Logan
BOSTON (WHDH) -- An Air Force sergeant was arrested and accused of getting into an argument with an airport worker at Boston Logan Airport on Thursday after police say he tried to get into a closed USO Lounge.
Police say the bizarre incident began when an Air Force serviceman tried to get into a USO Lounge at Logan Airport by using extremely threatening language.
“Stupid thing to do,” said Frank Sheehan.
The 30-year-old Airman from Cicero, New York allegedly went to a nearby information booth and launched into a verbal tirade when he was told the USO Club was closed and no one knew when it would be open.
A Massport employee at the booth told police the Airman was upset and irate and started talking about the Marathon Bombing. According to the police report he pointed to his backpack and said "what am I supposed to do with this pressure cooker” then pounded his fist on the counter and left. It was, pressure cooker bombs that exploded at the Marathon killing three and injuring hundreds.
“You’re in an area where people will be the most sensitive to that kind of threat. It's not funny to the locals,” said Candido Hernandez.
State Police later found the man in another terminal and arrested him even though he did not have a pressure cooker. Passengers at Logan say the police were right to arrest the Airman.
“Now a days we don't know. I’d rather than be safe than sorry,” said Beverly Malone.
However, several say they feel bad the suspect is an American service man.
“Probably just needed some place to go and be peaceful and whatever. You know, who knows why he said what he said but it's sad,” said Leslie Brown.
Police say this airman who was from New York admitted that had he got into the argument with the Massport employee. He went before a judge Wednesday and was charged with making a false report of a bomb threat; he was released on personal recognizance.