A Satan-obsessed airport security screener, Onuoha, appeared behind bars on suspicion of calling in threats to LAX and taping a menacing note inside his closet invoking the Sept. 11 anniversary, FBI officials said.
Onuoha, a Nigerian national, who is now a naturalized U.S. citizen allegedly called an LAX checkpoint and told a screener that he had visited certain terminals that day and that TSA (Transportation Security Administration) officials should evacuate the airport starting with Terminal 2, an FBI agent revealed.
The caller said he would be “watching” to see if the TSA did as he directed.
A man believed to be Onuoha later called the TSA manager and said the terminals should be evacuated immediately because the TSA was running out of time.
Onuoha also called LAX police and said they should evacuate the airport because he was “going to deliver a message to America and the whole world,” the FBI agent stated.
The terminals in question were cleared without disrupting flights, and no threat to the airport was found.
Investigators with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force scrambled to Onuoha’s residence in nearby Inglewood and found it empty other than a note taped inside a closet that read “09/11/2013 THERE WILL BE FIRE! FEAR! FEAR! FEAR!”.
Acting on a tip, investigators later found Onuoha in a van in the parking lot of Harvest Christian Fellowship Church in Riverside, a source told the newsmen.
Onuoha was cooperative and said in a post-arrest interview that the taped note meant he intended to start preaching in the streets on Sept. 11, 2013, the FBI said.
He claimed he did not intend his telephone statements to be threats and he had no plans to become violent, the FBI said.
Onuoha was charged with making the false threats against LAX and had his arraignment set for Oct. 1, officials said.