Reporting Walt Hunter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An exclusive CBS 3 I-Team Investigation reveals that a passenger now faces federal charges after allegedly trying to slip through security at Philadelphia International Airport Wednesday evening, then racing off when police tried to question him.
Investigators say 27-year-old Gabin Tonfack was able to get his boarding pass validated and check his baggage with airline workers using a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license.
But when Tonfack then tried to pass through a security checkpoint, a TSA screener spotted the allegedly fake license and called police. An FBI arrest warrant indicates Tonfack raced off, but was chased down and arrested by airport officers at the airport train terminal.
Sources and the arrest warrant indicate, in addition to the bogus Pennsylvania license they also found two California licenses, a Tennessee license and an international license, all with the same photo, but different names.
Sources say, investigators also found a possibly altered passport from Cameroon and documents indicating Tonfack had repeatedly been denied Residency Visas, and had, in fact, been ordered out of the country on May 11th.
Tonfack now faces a federal charge of making a false statement to federal officials.
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Where he was ultimately headed and what he was planning to do remain the subject of an ongoing investigation.
But, sources emphasize, there’s no indication any of Tonfack’s alleged activities have any connection to terrorism.
Reported by Walt Hunter, CBS 3