A Pennsylvania man was arrested on weapons possession charges after an X-ray scanner at John F. Kennedy International Airport allegedly detected a loaded handgun and a set of brass knuckles in a vest he submitted for screening.
Richard Forti, 55, of Annville, Pa., was inside Kennedy Airport’s Terminal 7 at about 7:20 a.m. on April 16.
A press release issued by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said an alarm went off as the vest passed through.
Officers allegedly recovered a .32-caliber pistol with five rounds in its magazine, along with the brass knuckles.
Brown’s office quotes Forti as telling Port Authority police officers that he carries both weapons for personal protection.
Published sources have quoted members of Forti’s family as saying he suffers from mental health issues and may have been off his medication at the time.
Brown said Forti has been charged with second- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He could face up to 25 years if convicted.