New mental exam sought in Kansas City airport hoax

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are trying to figure out what to do with a schizophrenic Pennsylvania man accused of trying to take fake bombs through security at Kansas City International Airport on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

In a motion filed Thursday prosecutors sought a new mental examination for Anthony Falco Jr., who is charged with making false statements and creating a hoax at the airport on Sept. 11, 2011. Repeated testing has found him not competent to stand trial and prosecutors have said charges might have to be dropped if that situation endures.

Prosecutors say an X-ray machine detected suspicious items in Falco's bag and he refused requests by security officers to examine it. The incident on a busy Sunday disrupted air traffic at the airport at a time of heightened sensitivity to security risks because of the 9/11 anniversary.

Prosecutors also requested Thursday that Falco, 49, not be returned again to Missouri from a mental facility in North Carolina until the court has ruled on the request.

Falco's mother told investigators that he had stopped taking medications for schizophrenia at the time of the airport incident. Prosecutors said he continued to refuse to take them while in custody, causing him to be ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Earlier this year, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Hays ordered Falco returned to the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C., to be involuntarily medicated. He took the medication but still was not competent to stand trial, according to the motion.

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