Published July 12, 2011
NEW YORK – A passenger at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport was caught trying to board a plane with two stun guns stashed in his luggage -- just two days after a stun gun was found on a JetBlue plane that had landed at Newark Airport, The New York Post reported Tuesday.
The latest incident -- which appeared to be unrelated to the first -- occurred shortly after 9:00 p.m. local time Sunday in the airport's Terminal One, sources said.
Othon Mourkakos, 53, a restaurateur from Alpine, N.J., was busted as he waited to catch a Lufthansa Airlines flight for Frankfurt, Germany, according to sources.
Transportation Security Administration screener Romane Romain noticed the stun guns in a suitcase during an X-ray and physical bag search, according to a criminal complaint.
"I didn't know it was illegal in New York," Mourkakos allegedly told authorities.
He claimed to have bought the weapons for relatives in Greece because of the civil unrest there, a law-enforcement source said.
His arrest follows Friday evening's discovery of a stun gun on JetBlue Flight 1179 from Boston after it had landed in Newark, N.J., and its passengers had departed.
The stun gun was found by a member of the flight crew in the back pocket of seat 9B. The Boston office of the FBI is investigating.