LAX Body Armor Suspect To Be Held In Jail Without Bail Until Next Court Date
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport last week wearing body armor was ordered Friday to remain in jail without bail until his next hearing is scheduled later this month.
Yongda Huang Harris, 28, was arrested on Oct. 5 after landing at LAX wearing a bullet-proof vest, flame-retardant legging covers and knee pads underneath a trench coat.
Authorities found a gas mask, bio-hazard suits, leg irons, knives, body bags, a hatchet, a collapsible baton, billy clubs, a respirator, and a smoke grenade, which is defined as a hazardous device and prohibited from being taken aboard any passenger aircraft, in Harris’ checked luggage, according to CBP officials.
The suspect, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen of Chinese decent, was charged Tuesday with one count of transporting hazardous materials.
During Friday’s hearing, an assistant U.S. attorney said Harris’s computers contained information about violence against young girls and date rape drugs.
Harris’s attorney, Steven Seiden, said his client has no history of violence.
Seiden is the same lawyer representing Mark Yousseff, the filmmaker behind the “Innocence of Muslims” video that was blamed for the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya on Sept. 11 that killed a U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans.
Harris is expected back in court on Oct. 23 for a preliminary hearing.