Police arrested a man they said scaled a perimeter fence at Charlotte Douglas International Airport early Friday, entered a concourse and tried to catch a flight to Dallas.
Jovany Castillo Lugo, 36, is charged with trespassing on airport property and carrying a concealed weapon after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they found a box cutter on him. He was jailed on $3,000 bail.
CMPD officers at the airport received a call around 1 a.m. Friday from airport operations that a man – later determined to be Lugo – was in the concourse claiming he’d scaled the fence to get away from two assailants shooting at him.
Police said the man made the claims to airline representatives and agents with the federal Transportation Security Administration.
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Lugo hurt his hand while climbing the fence, police said, and was taken to a hospital for treatment. He was arrested after being released.
Investigators interviewed a female companion of Lugo’s who told police the pair had used drugs earlier in the day and went to the airport to get a flight to Texas.
Police said the woman told them she and Lugo walked around the airport perimeter before Lugo “jumped” the fence. Based on information gathered at the scene and from witnesses, police said they determined no one shot at Lugo.
“As TSA has said many times, CLT’s security system is a layered approach,” police said in statement announcing the arrest. “This layered approach was successful in a quick apprehension of this person.”
Lugo served about nine months in prison in Arizona on a domestic violence-related conviction, court records show. He was released in 2009. In 2013, he was found guilty in Mecklenburg County of misdemeanor resisting a public officer and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Anyone with information about the airport case or Lugo is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Staff Researcher Maria David contributed.