Judge denies bail in BWI case


October 05, 2006|By Jamie Stiehm

A Parkville man charged with leaving a loaded gun in a carry-on bag that went through a security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport last month was denied bail yesterday by a District Court judge in Annapolis.

DeJuan L. Hunter, 35, who was arrested Tuesday, had been held on $3.5 million bail at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

Judge Thomas J. Pryal told Hunter that his conduct - police said he left the scene when the Raven Arms MP25 semiautomatic handgun was detected - made the situation worse.

"I can't take a chance," the judge said. "There is no bond."

The Sept. 22 incident caused a scare and snarled airport traffic for thousands of passengers, who were required to go through security a second time, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. Meanwhile, Hunter remained in the departure lounge.

He was arrested after his fingerprints were matched to personal items in the carry-on bag. He is charged with attempting to carry a handgun onto an aircraft, interfering with security operations and other firearms violations.

Via a video system, Hunter told the judge, "I'm not a violent man."

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