UPDATE, August 4, 2014: A grand jury last month did not find sufficient evidence to take Mouton’s case to trial. Mouton told KPRC-TV his words were taken out of context and he’s pursuing a civil case to get his job back and clear his name.
“I never had any intentions of doing anything at work or hurting anybody,” Mouton told KPRC. “I’ve lost my employment, it’s like every time I go somewhere people are looking at me strangely, like I did something.” Read more.
A Transportation Security Administration agent has been accused of threatening to shoot coworkers at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, according to multiple media reports.
Jeno Vernelli Mouton, 35, has been arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony, the Houston Chronicle reported.
According to the Associated Press, documents say Mouton told an airport supervisor on Jan. 25 that he wanted to vent instead of “come back and shoot up the place.” KPRC-TV reported that Mouton, who has worked at the airport for five years, was disgruntled with management and made the remark with coworkers and passengers nearby.
He was ordered not to return to the airport until further notice, but was then allegedly seen in a secure part of the facility on Jan. 28 in plain clothes.
“It is an allegation at this point,” Shanna Hennigan, Mouton’s attorney, told the Chronicle. “We will investigate the claim. We look forward to clearing up this situation and resolving it.”
Mouton was freed on $5,000 bond and is set to appear in court March 7, KHOU-TV reported.
The TSA told KPRC in a statement it is in the process of firing Mouton and is fully cooperating with police.
Mouton has a license to carry a concealed handgun, according to the Chronicle.