A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday at LaGuardia Airport after Port Authority police said he declared he was transporting an unlicensed handgun at a terminal check-in desk.
The arrest came one day after a Connecticut man was arrested at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at LaGuardia carrying a bevy of martial arts weapons, including throwing knifes, a throwing star and an expandable throwing star.
Both men were released on their own recognizance.
A Port Authority spokesman, Joseph Pentangelo, said Marcus E. Nesbitt, 36, of Winston-Salem, was arrested after he went to a Delta Sky Priority Ticket check-in desk for a handgun check at 9:15 a.m. He said he had a Taurus Milleneum .40 caliber pistol in his bag, along with two loaded clips, each containing nine rounds. He told authorities he was “unaware” that he was not allowed to transport the weapon through New York, Pentangelo said.
He was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He is due back in Queens Criminal Court on May 31, according to records.
The arrest came one day after Ramon Cruz, 39, of New Haven, Connecticut, was arrested at 8:05 a.m. at a TSA checkpoint at LaGuardia. The TSA said Cruz was found to have the weapons in a carry-on bag. He was ticketed to fly to Chicago via United Airlines, according to the Port Authority.
Pentangelo said Cruz told the arresting officers that he had “borrowed” the bag from his brother — and he didn’t realize it contained the weapons. He was charged with multiple misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Court records indicate Cruz is due back in court on July 13.