NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Queens man is accused of bringing a loaded, stolen handgun to John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Port Authority Police said the weapon was wrapped inside the man’s coat and placed on a conveyor belt at a security checkpoint in Terminal 4. A Transportation Security Administration officer spotted the gun through an X-ray machine around 7:30 a.m. Friday.READ MORE: Lionel Virgile Accused Of Throwing Bleach In Officer's Face, Tossing Lit Molotov Cocktail At Other Officers In Brooklyn
The .380 caliber handgun was loaded with six rounds, including one in the chamber, police said. The gun was reported stolen in George on November 17, 2011.READ MORE: Producer Scott Rudin Will 'Step Back' From Broadway Duties After Allegations Of Abusive Behavior
Police said 61-year-old George Vasquez, of Queen, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.MORE NEWS: Man Arrested After Allegedly Using Anti-Asian Slurs, Harassing Undercover Officer In Queens
It was the first gun caught at a New York airport in 2018, according to TSA.