Man ac­cused of sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity at Athens air­port

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NEWS - ALEXIS STEVENS

Air­ports around the United States pre­vi­ously were warned about a Ge­or­gia man whose be­hav­ior in re­stricted ar­eas was a se­cu­rity con­cern. This week, the man al­legedly be­haved the same way at Athens Ben Epps air­port, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Ahmed Ola­sunkanmi Salau, 33, who lives in Athens, Ga., was booked into the Clarke County jail Tues­day night and charged with loi­ter­ing, po­lice said. Bond was set at $5,000 for the mis­de­meanor charge.

But Salau will re­main in jail be­cause fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors want to speak with him.

The Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion first took no­tice of Salau in Oc­to­ber 2016 when he trav­eled on a com­mer­cial air­line us­ing a fraud­u­lent name and photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Salau made sev­eral at­tempts to get onto air­craft and al­legedly pre­tended to be a pi­lot, the TSA said.

In July, the TSA is­sued an­other warn­ing about Salau af­ter he re­port­edly vis­ited sev­eral air­ports and pre­sented him­self as a pas­sen­ger or crew mem­ber in an at­tempt to gain unau­tho­rized ac­cess to air­craft and fa­cil­i­ties. Salau also al­legedly tried to gather pas­sen­ger and air­craft data, the TSA said.

In the lat­est in­ci­dent, which hap­pened Tues­day af­ter­noon in Athens, Salau spoke with a pi­lot about learn­ing to nav­i­gate a plane and flight pat­terns, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

“Due to this ac­tion, the staff at the air­port wanted him barred from the prop­erty for a pe­riod of two years,” the re­port states. “Salau was given ver­bal warn­ing and writ­ten warn­ing for the bar­ring.”

Salau re­fused to sign the pa­per­work and was told sev­eral times to leave the air­port, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“Due to Salua ob­vi­ously hav­ing a long record of tres­pass­ing on gov­ern­ment prop­erty, he was in a place for no le­gal rea­son other than to ha­rass or gain in­for­ma­tion for some il­le­gal cause, I will be seek­ing a war­rant for loi­ter­ing and prowl­ing,” the po­lice re­port states.

Salau was ar­rested Thurs­day in Gwin­nett County and taken back to the Clarke County jail, where he re­mained Fri­day night.

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