A 26-year-old Murfreesboro man is in the Coffee County Jail after he allegedly drove past a security post at AEDC on Saturday and claimed to be “on a mission from Osama Bin Laden” when security officers stopped his vehicle.
Katsana Maxkenzie Chanthoumphone, has been charged with aggravated criminal assault and aggravated criminal trespass after he did not stop for the security checkpoint at the main gate of Arnold Air Force Base.
“The subject approached the guard shack in a vehicle and did not stop for a security checkpoint,” according to a complained signed by Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Harmon Campbell. “He continued to the second checkpoint where he was detained. When the subject exited the vehicle he began to make threats including that he was on a mission for Osama bin Laden.”
According to warrants, Chanthoumphone is “under investigation for having committed the same act earlier that week.” Additional information about the earlier incident wasn’t immediately available.
“The threats paired with the lack of knowledge of the intent of this man and how he might use the vehicle created a fearful and concerning situation,” according to the arrest warrant.
AEDC Director of Public Affairs Jason Austin said the incident happened about 11:40 a.m. on Saturday.
“We had an individual approach the gate, and continue driving through the gate, after he approached,” Austin said. “We were able to stop that individual immediately, investigated the incident and he was arrested without further incident. I believe the vehicle was an SUV, but I’m not sure.”
Austin said “we had officers with special investigations came out to investigate the incident,” and then officers with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department arrested him.
Chanthoumphone is being held at the Coffee County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
He is expected to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court on Dec. 17.
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