Indian-American arrested for living in Chicago airport for 3 months due to fear of COVID


A 36-year-old Indian-origin man who was too scared to fly due to the coronavirus pandemic and lived undetected for almost three months in a safe space of Chicago’s worldwide airport has been arrested, US authorities stated.

Aditya Singh lives in a suburb of Los Angeles, California, was arrested on Saturday for living in a safe space at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport since October 19, the Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday.

Singh has been charged with felony legal trespass to a restricted space of an airport and misdemeanour theft, the report stated.

Prosecutors informed a court docket that Singh arrived at O’Hare on a flight from Los Angeles on October 19 and allegedly has lived in the airport’s safety zone ever since, with out detection.

Singh was arrested after two United Airlines employees requested him to produce his identification. He confirmed them a badge, but it surely reportedly belonged to an operations supervisor who reported it lacking in October.

He reportedly discovered the employees badge in the airport and was “scared to go home due to COVID”, Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hagerty stated.

The airline staff referred to as 911. Police took Singh into custody on Saturday morning in Terminal 2 close to Gate F12.

Singh managed to reside on handouts from different passengers, Hagerty informed Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz.

The choose expressed shock on the circumstances of the case, the report stated.

“So if I understand you correctly, you’re telling me that an unauthorised, non-employee individual was allegedly living within a secure part of the O’Hare airport terminal from Oct. 19, 2020, to Jan. 16, 2021, and was not detected? I want to understand you correctly,” Ortiz stated.

Singh lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Orange with roommates and doesn’t have a legal background, in accordance to Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood. She stated Singh has a grasp’s diploma in hospitality and is unemployed.

Smallwood acknowledged the circumstances had been uncommon however famous the allegations had been non-violent.

It was unclear what introduced Singh to Chicago, the report stated.

Singh has been barred from coming into the airport if he’s ready to put up the USD 1,000 for bail. He is due again in court docket on January 27.

“The court finds these facts and circumstances quite shocking for the alleged period of time that this occurred,” the choose stated.

“Being in a secured part of the airport under a fake ID badge allegedly, based upon the need for airports to be absolutely secure so that people feel safe to travel, I do find those alleged actions do make him a danger to the community,” Ortiz stated.

The Chicago Department of Aviation, which oversees the town’s airports, stated in an announcement: (*3*)

The US is the worst-affected nation in the world with greater than 23,937,000 COVID-19 infections and 397,000 deaths, in accordance to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus tracker. The US state of California is at present witnessing a surge in infections.


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