Man Arrested on Weapon Charge
Jan. 24, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A man who boasted on a talk radio show that he boarded an airplane with a knife concealed in his belt was arrested Wednesday night after his plane landed in Columbus.
Robert Hedrick, 37, of nearby Delaware, was charged with a third-degree felony of carrying a weapon aboard an aircraft, said Angie Neal, spokeswoman at Port Columbus International Airport.
Neal said Hedrick called a Columbus talk show and said he inadvertently boarded a US Airways flight in Greensboro, N.C., with a 3-inch knife hidden in his belt. A listener notified authorities, Neal said.
Hedrick's flight had a layover in Pittsburgh, but he did not have to pass through security there, Neal said.
Hedrick called the show _ on Columbus radio station WTVN _ from the Pittsburgh airport and again while flying to Columbus, said Greg Kurtz, a reporter at the station. Hedrick said he had forgotten he was wearing the belt when he boarded the plane, according to Kurtz.
Police at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro declined to comment. A message was left for an airport spokeswoman.
US Airways spokesman John Bronson said the airline was aware of the arrest but any details would have to be obtained from police.
Officers at the Franklin County jail said Hedrick's paperwork had not been processed yet.
Hedrick could not be reached for comment Wednesday night and early Thursday.