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Sep 16, 2013 6:59 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ex-LAX TSA screener ordered held as flight risk

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Los Angeles International Airport security screener accused of making threats against terminals has been ordered held without bond.

Los Angeles U.S. District Court Judge Patrick Walsh ruled Monday that 29-year-old Nna Alpha Onuoha (ahn-oo-OH'-hah) is a flight risk.

Prosecutors asked for a competency hearing and to have him held as a danger to the community, but the judge said those issues should be handled by the judge who ultimately hears the case.

The judge said, however, that if the defense presents evidence from a doctor that Onuoha is suffering from a mental illness he would reconsider.

Onuoha, originally from Nigeria, was arrested last week after allegedly making unspecified threats referencing the Sept. 11 anniversary. He had recently been suspended by the Transportation Security Administration and then resigned.

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