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Former 'Satan-obsessed' TSA agent who made LAX threats ruled incompetent for trial

Published time: May 20, 2014 22:10
Reuters / Kevork Djansezian

Reuters / Kevork Djansezian

A former Transportation Security Agency security screener isn’t mentally competent to stand trial for making threats on the eve of the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, a judge ruled Monday.

Nna Alpha Onuoha was arrested last September for making terrorist threats at an airport. Onuoha resigned from the TSA earlier Tuesday, Sept. 10, after more than six years of employment as a security screener at Los Angeles International Airport. After walking away from his TSA gig, Onuoha allegedly phoned in threats to LAX and left a suspicious package at the airport that prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to deploy their bomb squad.

After police addressed the suspicious package at TSA's LAX headquarters, a man believed to be Onuoha dialed up the airport and demanded that employees “begin evacuating certain terminals.” According to the local NBC affiliate, he then warned an agent on the other end of the line that he would “be watching” to see if they followed his orders. The airport was evacuated, but the LAPD did not find any evidence suggesting an attack was imminent.

The package left at TSA headquarters — addressed to a former co-worker of Onuoha — reportedly contained an eight-page letter critical of the United States and the TSA. An investigation at Onuoha’s Inglewood, Calif. residence later in the day turned up a note taped to the inside of his closet that read, “09/11/2013 THERE WILL BE FIRE! FEAR! FEAR! FEAR!" according to a federal affidavit.

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In online letters found after his arrest, Onuoha referred to a recent suspension, which occurred over the summer of 2013 after Los Angeles high school student Sarina Frauenfelder accused him of making inappropriate comments about her apparel as she passed through security, the New York Daily News reported.

“You’re only 15, cover yourself,” Onuoha allegedly said, according the Daily News, citing a blog post by Frauenfelder’s dad, the founder of the popular blog Boing Boing.

According to court documents filed last week, Onuoha sent religious-themed farewell letters to acquaintances. He also contacted Frauenfelder by email, authorities said in those documents.

"Mr. Frauenfelder and his family are in fear for their safety," the email between authorities read, according to the Los Angeles Times, "because as Mr. Frauenfalder [sic] stated, 'if he can get my email, he can get my address’."

The Daily News called the former screener “Satan-obsessed.” He was linked to a personal website,, that includes rambling writing about evil spirits, Satan and the antichrist.

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US District Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell found that Nna Alpha Onuoha is “presently suffering from a mental disorder” and isn't competent to stand trial after reviewing a doctor's evaluation and hearing a rambling, incoherent statement from the 30-year-old defendant, according to City News Service.

“God gave me a message and I delivered that message,” Onuoha said in his statement to the court. “God is not a disease. I delivered a message to obey God and I was arrested. I shared the message with the world. I gave my testimony to the world.”

He will be sent to a mental hospital for treatment, and may be tried at a later date if he is deemed competent then. O’Connell set a status conference for the defendant in October.

At the time of his arrest, Onuoha was unemployed, homeless and $15,000 in debt, prosecutors said.

Comments (8)


far far 21.05.2014 18:47

depends on how you interpret religious text. The world politics used religion as hate weapons against Soviets thanks to help of Pakistan intel elements who taught negative sides of religion to Afghans then same monsters they created by radicalization became enemies of world. Everyone wants food to eat and live with their family ,world needs to stop funding religion hate.Its hunger and poverty which take people to this side.
Education is important, but why world need weapons instead of building schools to get rid of hate?Look at Syria, it is religion or world politics and who funds who?


ernie 21.05.2014 17:28

prove it! each of them teach intolerance and hate and blood. each of the gods demands tribute in lives.

religion is and always has been a mental disease and should be eradicated by education.


far far 21.05.2014 16:56

ernie 21.05.2014 16:26

the disorder is called religion. most who are afflicted with it are incompetent.


There is nothing wrong in religion other than those who use religion as a political weapon to achieve their own aims.Religions each one of them teach good values provided followers interpret it right.You are entitled to your view.

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