Police say man made bomb threat at LAX
By HANG NGUYEN and SONYA SMITH
LOS ANGELES – Operations have returned to normal at the Los Angeles International Airport after a man said he had a bomb Saturday evening, prompting authorities to close a portion of a terminal to conduct a security sweep.
At 5:03 p.m. Saturday, a man entered the Tom Bradley International terminal at LAX, grabbed another passenger’s box of luggage, sat on the box and said the box was a bomb, according to a statement provided by Sergeant Belinda Nettles, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Airport Police.
Police responded and tried to take the man into custody but Nettles said the man “charged the officers.” Police used an electronic stun gun on the man and taken into custody.
Police discovered that there was no bomb and determined there was no threat after doing a security sweep, Nettles said.
The upper departure level of the terminal was partially cleared, which only affected the area before the screening, according to a statement provided by Albert Rodriguez, a spokesman for Los Angeles World Airports, which owns LAX. The terminal was reopened by 5:30 p.m. The incident caused minor to no delays to outbound flights.
The suspect was transported by the Los Angeles County Fire Department to a hospital for treatment. He was later booked by airport police officers at Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division Jail on suspicion of making a false bomb threat. Additionally, after further investigation, the suspect was transported to the Twin Towers Psychiatric Ward in downtown Los Angeles for evaluation.
Contact the writer: 714-796-7083 or htnguyen
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