Federal Judge Denies Bond For Former TSA Screener

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A federal judge Monday denied bond for a former Transportation Security Administration screener charged with making threats against Los Angeles International Airport.

Nna Alpha Onuoha, 29, of Inglewood, was charged Sept. 11 with two federal counts of making threats to terminals at LAX.

Onuoha was arrested shortly before midnight on Sept. 10 in Riverside by members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Riverside Police Department after he made phone calls to the TSA and instructed an employee to “begin evacuating certain terminals at the airport,” according to the FBI.

The suspect, who had worked for the TSA since 2006, was forced to resign from his job earlier that day, the FBI said.

On Sept. 11, several suspicious packages that ultimately only contained papers were sent to a TSA building, as well as the Inglewood apartment complex where Onuoha reportedly lives.

Onuoha will remain in custody pending trial on the federal charges. If convicted of both counts, he faces up to 15 years in federal prison.

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