Soldado sin permiso del ejército trató de llevar el arma al vuelo, afirmó ser agente de la ley, los fiscales dicen

Jaidan Higueros, 19, afirmó estar transportando evidencia de un caso criminal en un febrero. 15 United Airlines flight from Chicago a Nashville, según denuncia penal presentada el lunes.

He is charged with carrying a weapon or explosive on an aircraft and false personation of an officer or employee of the United States.

Higueros, a private first class assigned to the 561st Military Police Company at Fort Campbell, was spotted by federal air marshals onboard flight 1284 “acting suspiciously,” la denuncia decía.

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“los [marshals] determined that Higueros was carrying a loaded firearm inside a duffle bag in the passenger compartment of the aircraft,” la denuncia dice.

Messages to Fort Campbell officials were not returned.

When a marshal confronted him, Higueros claimed to be a law enforcement officer who was transporting a firearm related to a case. He gave him consent to search his bag, where the marshall found an unloaded Glock 43 pistol, a magazine with six rounds and an empty magazine, la denuncia decía.

Higueros was taken into custody upon landing in Nashville. His military commander told authorities that Higueros was AWOL because he had left the 250-mile radius surrounding Fort Campbell without approval.

He also said Higueros was not serving in any government or law enforcement capacity.

Prosecutors said he traveled to Chicago on Feb. 11 with his personal pistol in his checked luggage. Prior to the flight, he contacted American Airlines about check-in procedures when flying with a firearm.

On Feb. 15, he missed his scheduled flight back to Nashville and booked a United Airlines flight instead. The customer service agent told Higueros he would miss the flight because check-in procedures for his firearm would take too long, las autoridades dijeron.

Higueros replied that he was a law enforcement officer and was allowed to fly armed, la denuncia decía. He showed a military identification card and told security screeners that he had evidence from a crime in his bag.

Once onboard, he spoke with the pilot and said he was law enforcement and was carrying a firearm. Él “reassured him that there was no reason for concern,” los fiscales dijeron.

During an interview with authorities, Higueros said the motivation wasto get home, and that he had no malicious intent for his actions.

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