Sunday, January 8, 2017

Man breaches checkpoint at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, tries unsuccessfully to board plane

Two days after a man in Florida killed five people at a baggage claim in Fort Lauderdale, police said a man “breached a checkpoint” at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Just before 5 a.m. Sunday, a man in Terminal 3 of the second-busiest airport in the country breached a checkpoint and tried to get on an airplane. Chicago police said the man’s attempt was unsuccessful – he never boarded an aircraft.

Officers stopped the man, whose description wasn’t provided, from entering the gate. The man then attacked officers and hit them in their faces and bodies, according to a news release.

The man was taken into custody and directed to Presence Resurrection Hospital, though a list of the injuries he may have suffered was not immediately available. One officer also was taken to Presence Resurrection for injuries to the face, police said.

On Friday, five people were killed and six others were wounded in a shooting at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Authorities arrested Esteban Santiago, 26, of Anchorage, Alaska, who has been charged with three federal charges that hold the death penalty as the maximum sentence. Though he complied with regulations and declared his handgun when departing Anchorage, Santiago is accused of taking his weapon out of its firearms case and loading it inside a Fort Lauderdale airport bathroom, from which he came out shooting, according to witness accounts.

Santiago, who was extensively interviewed by authorities in the aftermath of the mass shooting, had trouble controlling his anger after serving in Iraq and told his brother that he felt he was being chased and controlled by the CIA through secret online messages. When he told agents at an FBI field office his paranoid thoughts in November, he was evaluated for four days, then released without any follow-up medication or therapy.

Authorities continue to investigate the unrelated Chicago case.

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