Japanese man arrested for allegedly trying to carry stun gun on plane from Honolulu to Tokyo

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Man allegedly taking stun gun on plane arrested

HONOLULU — Federal authorities arrested a Japanese man Friday after he allegedly tried to board a flight to Tokyo with a stun gun in his carry-on bag.

Prosecutors charged Hiroki Suzuki with one count of carrying a dangerous concealed weapon while attempting to board All Nippon Airways Flight 1051.

An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu said Suzuki hid the Muscle Man stun gun in a small black canvas pouch in his carry-on bag.

A Transportation Security Administration official found the device during an X-ray scan.

Suzuki allegedly told FBI agents he bought the stun gun in Japan about a year ago for his personal protection.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Kobayashi released Suzuki on $25,000 bond so he can attend his grandfather’s funeral in Japan. But Kobayashi ordered Suzuki to return for a hearing in two weeks.

Suzuki was represented by a federal public defender, who could not immediately be reached late Friday.

The affidavit alleged Suzuki, through a translator, acknowledged he knew the stun gun was in his luggage.

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