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Nothing Found In Bag of Woman Charged With Assault At RDU

Posted November 28, 2001

— Officials say there was nothing illegal or suspicious in the bag of a Washington state woman who scuffled with police at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

A woman arrested for assaulting law enforcement officers before boarding a flight at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Tuesday afternoon is free from the Wake County jail after posting $5,000 bond.

RDU spokeswoman Mirinda Kossoff says 18-year-old Laurie Henwood of Kennewick, Wash., had been visiting relatives in the Raleigh area and was preparing to board a Southwest Airlines flight to return home. Kossoff says the woman apparently became upset when airport security attempted to search her bag.

Authorities say the woman stalked off with the bag. Airport police followed her outside the terminal, and when officers approached her, she assaulted them.

Kossoff says that security was concerned about Henwood's safety as well as the safety of other passengers.

"There was no breach of security because she did not go through the checkpoint into the concourse area," said Kossoff. "She just went down the steps and left the terminal. But airport security was concerned because her behavior was somewhat erratic."

Henwood is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.


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