Man arrested after smoke grenade found in luggage
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. official says a man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after a smoke grenade, gas mask, leg irons and weapons were discovered in his luggage is not believed to be linked to a terrorist organization.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an open investigation, says Yongda Huang Harris’ motive is unclear. The official says Harris isn’t cooperating with federal authorities attempting to interview him.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say he was dressed in a bulletproof vest and fire-resistant pants when he was arrested Friday.
Officials say Harris is a U.S. citizen whose permanent residence is in Boston, and he recently started living and working in Japan.
Harris made a brief court appearance Tuesday, and his detention hearing was postponed to Friday.
He has been charged with transporting hazardous materials.