Man arrested at Sitka airport on assault and terrorist threat charges

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2001

SITKA (AP) -- A 58-year-old Washington man was arrested Thursday at the Sitka airport after he allegedly made threatening comments to an airline worker, Sitka police said.

Following the 2:30 p.m. arrest, Bruce Stevenson was being held on a felony charge of terroristic threatening and a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault, said Sgt. Timothy Martin. Stevenson, of Woodinville, Wash., was in custody on a no-bail hold at the Sitka jail.

Stevenson was at the Alaska Airlines ticket counter at the airport, which reopened Thursday to tighter security measures in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the East Coast. Stevenson apparently became upset when the ticket agent notified him about possible delays in retrieving baggage, Martin said.

Lt. John Baeza said Stevenson allegedly told the agent, ''If I don't get my bag I'll come back as an assassin.''

''It was said very seriously -- no smiles, no joking -- in a manner that frightened personnel, especially the victim,'' Baeza said.

Stevenson was expected to be arraigned Friday, Martin said.

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