A man remains in jail Wednesday after he allegedly claimed to have a bomb at Harry Reid International Airport last week. Las Vegas air traffic was briefly halted due to the incident.
The device, which he said was a bomb, was actually an aerosol can wrapped with duct tape, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD).
Sergio Magana, 36, is facing three charges for the Aug. 25 incident. They are possession of a hoax bomb, communicating a bomb threat and destroying property worth up to $5,000.
His bail was set at $5,000 and he remains in the Clark County Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in Las Vegas Justice Court on Sept. 13. If he gets released, he must not return to the airport.
Rammed Gate With Car
The incident began when Magana allegedly rammed an airport security gate with his car, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. He drove the car for about a mile at what police described as a high rate of speed on a secure area.
Eventually, he stopped the car on a tarmac. A specially trained police dog searched the area. No explosives were found.
Upon being apprehended by an officer, Magana told him, “People were after me, and I came looking straight for you,” a police report said.
Later, he told the police he was getting threatening looks from those connected to a “cartel” while he was working last week at a convenience store on Pecos Road.
As police questioned Magana, he revealed to them he formerly was a fleet agent for Southwest Airlines and had worked at Harry Reid airport.
Also, police said the damage estimate to the gate totaled about $30,000, the Review-Journal said.
Even though local news reports said air traffic was briefly halted due to the fake bomb incident, airport spokesman Joseph Rajchel told Casino.org on Tuesday, “The airport did not experience any delays or cancellations due to this incident.”
Too Intoxicated to Fly
Harry Reid airport was also the site of other recent arrests.
For instance, last week a woman was arrested after she allegedly refused to leave a jet bridge, KSNV, a local TV station, reported.
The suspect, Daryn Diaz, was then told she could not remain on a Southwest Airlines plane. Officials said she was too intoxicated, the report said.
Previously, on Aug. 13 and 14 a man created chaotic incidents at the airport. It led to flight delays and canceled flights. He was identified as Stefan Hutchison, 33, of Carmichael, Calif.
He was charged with violating airport conduct, resisting arrest and burglary. He allegedly breached a security checkpoint. He also created noise which other passengers thought were gunshots.
Trampled Passengers, Airport Workers Injured
On Aug. 14, the chaos led to numerous delays. Passengers had to be to re-screened through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. Many had rushed through the checkpoints earlier and did not get checked by security agents because they feared for their safety. Some of the passengers got trampled in the confusion.
As a result of the incident, two Spirit Airlines workers were injured. They were taken to a local hospital for treatment, KVVU, a local TV station, reported.
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