Former Airlines Employee Arrested Following Breach at Charlotte Douglas Airport

6/8/2021

Charlotte, N.C. – (Tuesday, June 8, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Airport Division have charged Narada Wilson, DOB: 11/16/1980, following a recent trespassing incident at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, CMPD Airport Division officers responded to a report that a male subject entered the CLT passenger terminal without authorization.  Detectives quickly identified the male as Wilson, who was a former Piedmont Airlines employee.  As the investigation continued, detectives determined that Wilson had boarded American Airlines Flight 881 en route to Cancun, Mexico using a valid boarding pass.  Upon learning this information, the flight crew was promptly notified, and the flight was diverted back to Charlotte.  After the plane landed, Wilson was arrested by Airport Division officers without incident.  Prior to resuming service, Flight 881 was inspected by CMPD Airport Division Officers and K9s to ensure the safety of all passengers on board. 

After his arrest, Wilson was interviewed by detectives.  At the conclusion of the interview, Wilson was transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and charged with Trespass Upon Airport Property.

CMPD is assisting  U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Joint Terrorism Task Force as they review possible federal charges for this incident

Anyone with information about this case is asked to provide that information by calling 911.  The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.  As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office.  For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210608-0750-00.

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