- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a retired New York firefighter who wanted to meet Pope Francis breached security at an airport, hours after the pontiff left for Philadelphia.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1Vo7CGo ) 39-year-old Chris Cannella, of North Babylon, was arraigned Monday in Queens on charges including impersonating a police or a federal law enforcement officer.

Prosecutors say Cannella entered a secured area of Kennedy Airport on Saturday by following a UN diplomatic convoy.

Authorities say he flashed what guards say looked like a police badge at the security gate. They say Cannella was trying to give the pope his business card.

Police say they found a 9-mm magazine with five hollow-point bullets in Cannella’s car.

His attorney says Cannella is not a threat. He is being held on $500,000 bail.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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