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Man accused of causing mass panic at Harry Reid Airport wanted to leave Las Vegas ‘as soon as doable’: police

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A person accused of creating chaos at Harry Reid International Airport, which led to a whole bunch of flight cancelations and delays on Sunday, informed police he was prepared to leave Las Vegas “as soon as possible.”

Stefan Hutchinson is accused of resisting officers, housebreaking, and battery following two separate incidents on Aug. 13 and 14.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, police stated Hutchinson breached a screening checkpoint simply after 8 a.m. earlier than strolling right into a retailer and stealing a pair of sun shades. When TSA officers informed him to cease strolling and tried to take him into custody, he began yelling, flailing his arms and kicking his ft.

Officers stated that when Hutchinson initially ignored instructions and saved strolling previous a screening checkpoint, an alarm button was pressed a number of instances.

On Sunday, Aug. 14, a mass panic ensued after police stated a number of loud bangs had been heard close to a ticketing space at round 4:30 a.m.

Officers at the scene had been informed {that a} man had pushed by staff and charged by a door main to the secured facet of the terminal. They discovered Hutchinson fighting three airline staff on the ground, the report stated.

Employees had been making an attempt to assist Hutchinson at the ticketing counter when he ran previous them as the door opened, the report stated. He allegedly pushed an worker, causing her to fall and hit her head.

Police stated afterward that the loud bangs had been brought on by line dividers falling on the ground when individuals had been working to escape. Hundreds of vacationers had been seen working previous the TSA checkpoint with out being screened to get to the secured facet of the gates.

“Citizens were trampling over each other attempting to escape the area,” a police report stated.

Hutchinson later informed police that he had arrived in Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 12 and had a flight scheduled to leave on Monday, Aug. 15, however that “he was ready to go back home as soon as possible.”

Hutchinson was later booked into the Clark County Detention Center on housebreaking expenses.

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