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Charlotte man released after arrest at Connecticut airport

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

A Charlotte man arrested at a Connecticut airport Monday and accused of telling a Transportation Security Administration agent that he had a bomb has been released from jail.

Police say Jordan Rickard, 26, claimed he had a bomb when he went through security at Bradley International Airport.

He was released from jail on a written promise to appear in court, according to the Hartford Courant newspaper. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 21.

Rickard was apparently preparing to board a flight for Charlotte after visiting his ailing grandmother, according to the newspaper.

Rickard was going through security when he was chosen by TSA agents for further screening.

A TSA agent asked whether he had anything in his pockets. Police say he replied, “Yes, I have a bomb.”

Rickard was then arrested and is facing several charges.

The area around the checkpoint was briefly evacuated as authorities searched Rickard and used bomb-sniffing dogs to try to detect any explosives.

Rickard’s arrest comes during a time of heightened tensions as the U.S. State Department has ordered the closing of embassies across the Middle East and Africa because of an unspecified threat.

Wootson: 704-358-5046
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