Two suspects were arrested and charged with assault in separate incidents at Logan Airport on Saturday, State Police said, while a brief security scare was touched off when a son of former baseball player Curt Schilling left a toy grenade in his carry-on luggage.
At around noon, a woman using a restroom in Terminal C reported that a naked man had fallen through the ceiling into the stall area before running out, State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said.
The man, 26-year-old Cameron Shenk of Boston, then assaulted a 84-year-old man he encountered upon fleeing from the restroom, Procopio said.
“He assaulted the elderly man, bit the man on the ear causing laceration to ear, and then began choking the man with [the elderly man’s] own cane,” Procopio said.
After a brief struggle with troopers, Shenk was taken into custody. Charges against him include attempted murder, assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery on a person over 60, and a lewd and lascivious act, Procopio said.
The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of his ear injuries, and Shenk was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for injuries suffered when he fell through the ceiling, Procopio said. One trooper received a minor injury while arresting Shenk, Procopio said.
A State Police investigation indicates that Shenk sneaked into the woman’s bathroom just before noon, taken his clothes off in one of the stalls, and climbed into the crawl space above the restroom before crashing through the ceiling.
Just a few minutes before, motorists outside Terminal A saw a young female passenger screaming from inside a vehicle that had just pulled up at the Delta Air Lines entrance, Procopio said. The woman had kicked out a car window.
Troopers followed the car to Terminal B at the United Airlines entrance, where a cruiser pulled in front of the car, allowing the woman to leave the vehicle, Procopio said. The victim, identified as a 21-year-old Woburn resident, said the driver punched her in the face after she refused to give him money.
The driver, Anton Hilton, 52, of Roxbury, was arrested and charged with assault and battery and kidnapping.
The victim is a friend of the driver’s daughter and had been staying with him, said Procopio, who added that the woman declined medical attention.
The incident with Schilling was made public through his Facebook page and a series of tweets that began at 7:26 a.m.: “Start your day with this. Going through airport security. Son says “DAD! I think I [left a] fake grenade in my bag.”
Schilling, who did not say which of his sons was involved, later tweeted: “15 TSA agents are on their walkie talkies. Police show up and everyone in line is shooed 50 yards away. Police, TSA could not . . . have been cooler once they realized what was happening.”
Jennifer Mehigan, assistant director of media relations for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan, confirmed the incident.
“The safety and security of the people who use our facilities as well as our employees is our top priority,” she said.
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