Thursday, January 30, 2003

Airport police arrest gun-toting man

Loaded handgun found in backpack; suspect was not near security checkpoint

By M.R. Kropko
The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - A man was arrested Wednesday in the terminal of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after police found a loaded handgun and ammunition in a small backpack.

Airport security asked Cleveland police to question Robert Igoe, 30, of Cleveland, and his backpack was searched, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Bell. A .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and ammunition were found, she said.

She said an airport security worker who is a part-time cab driver noticed Igoe because he remembered he had recently been a cab passenger and went to a store to purchase a gun.

Bell said Igoe did not try to pass through a security checkpoint. He was in the terminal near a United Airlines sales counter about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Hopkins commissioner Fred Szabo said Igoe was at the airport to catch a bus that comes to the terminal building and didn't plan to enter the security area.

"I'm confident he could not have entered the secured area with that backpack," Szabo said.

Igoe, arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, was being held for further questioning pending an expected charge through the city prosecutor.

Szabo said Igoe "seemed somewhat confused and was not responsive to why he had the gun and 96 rounds." He said Igoe previously had been convicted for carrying a concealed weapon and didn't resist when arrested.

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