A man who took a hostage at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on the day after Thanksgiving may have been commemorating the 20th anniversary of an identical crime.
Message Posted: Dec 11, 2005 5:38:42 PM
Charles Richard Woolson was indicted Tuesday on charges of kidnapping, hoax and assault, according to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
According to police reports, Woolson, 49, jumped over an information counter at Terminal 4 during the evening of Nov. 25 and grabbed an airport employee by the neck. He shouted that he was a Sikh terrorist, that he had a bomb and a gun, and that he would kill everyone if he was not allowed to speak to the FBI. He also demanded that three terrorists be released from an Illinois prison.
On Nov. 29, 1985, also the day after Thanksgiving, a man named Charles R. Woolson, then 29, took an airline employee hostage in Terminal 3, according to media reports. Woolson, who was then on parole for a bank robbery conviction, called himself a revolutionary and threatened to set off a bomb if a cassette tape he had was not broadcast nationally. He was charged with kidnapping, though it is uncertain whether he was convicted.
Police and prosecutors did not connect the incidents and could not confirm that it was the same man. But the hostage taker in both incidents referred to himself as "The General," and online court records show that a Charles Richard Woolson with the same birth date as this year's assailant was arraigned in 1985.