Neuroscientist Walks Into Airport Starbucks With AR-15, Lands Himself In Jail
An Arizona neuroscientist was arrested for taking an AR-15 on a coffee run at a Phoenix airport and allegedly pointing it at other patrons.
Peter Nathan Steinmetz allegedly walked into the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with the assault rifle slung over his shoulder. At some point in the airport Starbucks he removed the gun and inadvertently pointed it at a woman and her 17-year-old daughter.
Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos told the Phoenix New Times that officers didn’t like "the way he was carrying it” and arrested Steinmetz, who is the head of the Brain Modeling Laboratory for the Barrow Neurological Institute.
"Both victims, a mother and her 17-year-old daughter, both stated they felt in fear of their safety when the rifle was pointed in their direction," according to the booking sheet.
He was booked into Maricopa County jail on one count of disorderly conduct with a weapon. Bond was set at $5,000.
But this isn’t the first time Steinmetz brought a gun to Sky Harbor, the New York Daily News reports. In November 2013, he and his son showed up to the airport carrying guns, just days after fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.
Although he told police he was there to pick up his wife, they believe he was trying to make a statement about his right to bear arms.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons, Steinmetz.org