A random lady crashed into a police officer… right? Not quite just another moderate Muslim woman committing another act of terrorism all in the name of Islam
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Fla. (WSVN) — A woman arrested at Miami International Airport after she allegedly, with intent, rammed her car into a police cruiser in an attempt to crash into the terminal will be facing a federal judge Friday afternoon.
According to Miami-Dade Police, the female driver apparently tried to drive her silver Toyota Camry through the doors of the departure section of Concourse D, just after 4 p.m. Thursday. “She came from the outer loop and drove into the inner loop, in what appears to be a direct attempt to breach, a security breach through the front doors utilizing the vehicle,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.
Before she could hit the terminal, however, she crashed into a Miami-Dade Police cruiser and came to a halt. It is unknown whether the cruiser was occupied at the time.
Officials said the woman exhibited unusual behavior and began making threatening remarks to responding officers. “They ran over to where the subject was, and that’s when she began to yell in what appeared to be an Arabic language,” said Zabaleta, “and then in English told the responding officers she had a bomb in her possession.”
Police had the entire upper level closed to traffic and cleared all media reporting at the airport from the scene, which was described as “tense.” They then brought out bomb-sniffing dogs to check the woman out as well as her car.
As FBI and Homeland Security agents also arrived on the scene, passengers were stunned. “Oh, we get a little concerned because, you know, you see a lot of police cars,” said passenger Fatima Dias.
No explosives were found on the woman, who was later identified as 33-year-old Honduran citizen Julissa Magdalena Maradiagaiscoa, but authorities nevertheless combed over the car, pulling out paperwork, mail and what appeared to be a license and a passport from the vehicle. “We responded immediately,” said Miami-Dade Police Juan Perez, “and not only did we handle the immediate scene there, we also stepped up security throughout that airport and throughout the port.”
They also searched her luggage in an effort to find out her motives and what prompted the security scare.
Maradiagaiscoa was then taken into custody. A photo captures the handcuffed woman sitting on a luggage cart with her hands behind her back. The FBI said there seems to be no connection to terrorism in this case.
This is the second threat at MIA in less than a week. On Monday, police said 20-year-old Lani Arriaga placed a wet jacket over a perimeter fence and climbed over it. She was arrested inside the airfield.
While police said they have security plans in place for these type of threats, people can also help by doing their part and reporting any suspicious activity. “We know that in every instance that there’s been some kind of attack, or some type of incident nationally, somebody saw something,” said Perez.
Maradiagaiscoa remains in custody and is expected to appear in court at 2 p.m., Friday. The exact charges she may face have not been released.