Hoax turns ugly for a Texan man as the flight from Philadelphia is called back
Hood River, OR -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/26/2012 -- A man was arrested for calling into a Philadelphia airline, claiming a guy named Christopher Shell was carrying explosives.
Kenneth W. Smith Jr. aged 26, was arrested and charged for calling in the hoax that sent an airborne D/FW-bound plane back to Philadelphia and ruined the day of a man originally from Keller.
According to the criminal complaint, Smith called the airport identifying himself as George Michael and said that Christopher Shell was carrying explosives on the respective flight. Soon, the flight that had already departed was called back to the gate and searched. Shell was handcuffed and led off the plane.
Afterwards it was found out that the original tip was a hoax, Shell identified his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend “Kenny” as possible suspects in the hoax.
Smith now faces up to 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine and restitution for the costs associated with the hoax.
Shell did begin the day as a victim of an airline hoax but ended it by being arrested for drug warrants.
According to the police report released from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport spokesman David Magana, Shell is being arrested on two warrants for possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance on behalf of the Collin County Sheriff’s Office.
The police have investigated the incident and have found out that the hoax involves Shell’s ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend, who has admitted to the hoax. “Kenny” said that Shell had posted a compromising picture of his girlfriend on social website, Facebook.
Philadelphia police sources have said that the FBI has two people in custody for questioning, but have not revealed the identity or their relationship to Shell.
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