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9 television crew members arrested for trying to sneak pipe bomb onto plane in New Jersey

By Alexis Bell 11:29 AM January 21, 2018
The explosive device

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) announced the arrest of 9 members of a television crew after they caused panic at an airport in New Jersey.

TSA officers said that they found suspicious items in a carry-on bag that had all of the makings of an improvised explosive device at a Newark Liberty International Airport checkpoint.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that all those involved were in collaboration and claimed to be working for a television network,” officials said.

Those arrested were reportedly working for the CNBC show “Staten Island Hustle.”

“The preliminary investigation determined that the group wanted to ascertain if they could get the item through the security checkpoint while filming themselves doing so.

“They failed, were caught by TSA, and were arrested by Port Authority Police on multiple charges. They also face possible civil penalties by the TSA.

“TSA has the authority to assess civil penalties against individuals of over $13,000 for each violation of TSA’s security regulations,” Tom Carter, TSA’s Federal Security Director for New Jersey, said.

“This type of stunt is reckless, dangerous, and totally insensitive to the reality of the terror threats we face. There is simply no excuse for trying to do something like this knowing it had the great potential to cause panic with the intention of turning that panic into a reality show. The reality is that all of these individuals were arrested and face heavy civil penalties as well,” he added.

Those arrested were identified as:

Ruben M. Montenegro, 44, of Staten Island, New York
Samuel Micah Berns, 39, of Hollywood, California
Jacob M. Towsley, 34, of Portageville, New York
Michael L. Palmer, 51, Staten Island, New York
William Oaks, 36, of Brooklyn, New York
Philip K. Nakagami, 26, of Jersey City
Carlos F. Gonzalez, 33, of Queens, New York
Timothy S. Duffy, 34, of Sparta, New York
Adolfo Lacola, 51, of Staten Island, New York