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A bomb scare at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) forced more than 200 passengers to evacuate the facility Friday morning.
The man who made the false bomb threat was arrested by the local police department, officials said.
Authorities said the incident began when the man, John Greenwood, entered the airport at about 6:00am on Friday. At that time he was clothed and carrying a bag. Then he entered a women’s restroom that was under construction, where he stashed his bag in a hole he made in the bathroom wall’s sheetrock, disrobed and exited the restroom in the nude.
Greenwood then tried to exit the airport terminal on a baggage carousel, but airport authorities Tasered and arrested him. As he was being taken into custody, police officers say Greenwood yelled “We gotta get out of here, I planted a bomb in the bathroom.”
When airport officials searched the bathroom’s wall, they found the bag Greenwood had hidden there, and they evacuated all passengers. They also called in the police department and bomb squad, who did two sweeps of the airport and confirmed that there was no bomb in the bag or anywhere else in the airport.
John Greenwood entered @FlyDAB restroom, made hole in a wall, inserted a backpack. Came out naked, climbed onto baggage carousel, where deputies took him into custody. He claimed a bomb was about to go off. Airport cleared by Bomb Units/K-9. Full story at https://t.co/BDVOYTjxpE pic.twitter.com/li0shp5gWl
— Volusia Co. Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) May 11, 2018
Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood said in a press conference after the event that Greenwood was “well known” to local authorities and has been arrested several times for other offenses. Authorities also took Greenwood to a local hospital.
Chitwood said that the suspect would face several charges, including federal charges.
The airport is back open, and airlines are rescheduling flights for any passengers affected by the disruption.
H/T: Fox News
Featured image by AP Photo/Reed Saxon.
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