Ticketed NorCal Man, 21, Charged After Pushing Past Security at LAX
A 21-year-old Northern California man who was caught on video breaching security at LAX and then being stunned by an officer with a Taser was due in court Friday.
Christian James Heinz was scheduled to be arraigned at the Airport Branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court on one felony count of resisting arrest and one misdemeanor count of avoiding screening.
He was charged Friday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
The incident occurred about 11 a.m. Wednesday in Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 6.
Heinz had a ticket but failed to stop at the screening area and “pushed through security with his large backpack on his way to an Alaska Airlines flight,” the DA’s office said in a news release.
Onlookers recorded video and snapped photos as an officer shouted at the man to get on the ground. Shortly thereafter, at Gate 66, an airport police officer used a Taser on Heinz.
One photo showed him smiling up at officers who detained him.
He was not armed, according to an LAX spokeswoman. He was taken to a hospital for medical treatment.
Heinz faces up to three years and six months in county jail if convicted as charged.
Heinz is from Danville, a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to the DA’s office.
The incident prompted the airport police officers’ union to again call for police to be stationed within 300 feet of U.S. Transportation Security Administration checkpoints.