Stun Gun, Switchblade, Box Cutters, And Pepper Spray Were In
File this one under "What were they thinking?". A complaint was
filed late Wednesday against Jose Pol for attempting to carry
dangerous weapons on an aircraft. Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez, U.S.
Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, said the defendant, who
was going to board Jet Blue flight number 860, departing from
Carolina, P.R., to Boston, was carrying a stun gun, a pepper spray
canister, four box cutters and a switch blade knife.
Pol was in line to pass through the TSA check point at the Luis
Munoz Marin Airport in Carolina, P.R. The defendant was carrying
two pieces of luggage, one containing a laptop and the other
containing items which could be used to threaten, incapacitate,
harm, injure or cause the death of the security personnel on board
the aircraft, and/or endanger the lives of the crew members and
passengers on board the flight.
The TSA Officer asked the defendant to accompany him to the TSA
security office. Pol voluntarily went and waited in the room until
FBI agents arrived and took custody of him.
"We will continue to investigate this matter vigorously until we
determine the defendant's motives in attempting to board an
airliner with the dangerous weapons he was carrying," said
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose
Ruiz Santiago, Chief of the Criminal Division. If convicted, the
defendant could face up to 10 years in prison. The detention and
bail hearings are scheduled for Friday, May 21 before Magistrate
Judge Marcos Lopez. The defendant remains in custody.
A criminal complaint contains only charges and is not evidence
of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless
proven guilty, and the investigation is ongoing.