Man Caught with Gun at Midway Airport

The man forgot he had the gun in his laptop bag, says his attorney

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Monday, Feb 20, 2012  |  Updated 7:50 AM CDT
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Man Caught with Gun at Midway Airport

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A man was charged over the weekend with attempting to board a plane at Midway Airport with a weapon, police said.

A Chatham man called it an honest mistake bringing a loaded handgun into Midway Airport, his attorney says.
 
Willie Thomas, 51, of the 8300 block of South Wabash Avenue, is charged with attempting to board a plane with a weapon, the Chicago Tribune reports

 
Thomas went through a security checkpoint at Midway Saturday morning, said prosecutors. An X-ray scan showed a semiautomatic .25-caliber Beretta pistol in his laptop bag, said Michael Schmeige, Thomas’ attorney.
 
The Streets and San worker was arrested Saturday and ordered held on $30,000 bond the following day.
 
Thomas has a valid state firearms card, according to a police report. 
 

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