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Fort Bragg soldier arrested at RDU for drunkenly 'chasing people around terminal'

A Fort Bragg soldier was arrested for disorderly conduct on Tuesday at RDU Airport.

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Monica Casey
, WRAL Durham reporter
MORRISVILLE, N.C. — On Tuesday, a Fort Bragg soldier was arrested for drunken and disorderly conduct at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after he was kicked off his flight.

According to arrest warrants, Angel Luis Rosas, 24, was removed from a JetBlue airplane because he "was intoxicated" and refused to wear his seatbelt.

Then, while the employees at the ticket counter were trying to get him on another flight, the documentation says he began chasing people around the terminal – inlcuding a ticket agent – and using foul language.

An incident report shows an officer tried to calm Rosas before his arrest and suggest he book a hotel. Rosas made threats of violence to the officer, the report stated.

Conversation from radio traffic obtained by WRAL News displays how the situation escalated.

JetBlue first requested assistance removing a passenger whom dispatchers described as intoxicated and wearing a military uniform.

"It's escalating. It's turning physical," dispatchers said, describing Rosas approaching ramp workers and a flight attendant.

It ended with RDU police escorting Rosas out of the airport.

Aviation (airport security) expert Jeff Price says it is unusual that the unruly behavior spills over from the plane into the terminal; he says usually people calm down.

"Oftentimes law enforcement will be called, so usually that calms people down right there,” said Price. "But this one's a little bit unusual, just that the activity continued and required active intervention by law enforcement to get the person under control."

Price says he also believes part of the solution is consistent enforcement and describes the consequences that individuals could face.

"There are consequences for these actions," said Price. "The airline can leave you behind, you can get a fine from the federal government and you can get arrested."

Rosas was released on a written promise to appear, and he's due back in court on April 25.

MAJ Jennie Armstrong, public affairs officer at Fort Bragg, released a statement: "The actions of PV2 Luis Rosas' are not within the Army values. The incident is under investigation with the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and any misconduct will be in ajudicated with the Uniform Code of Military Justice."


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