Documents: Tempe man faces felony charges for pointing AR-15 at 2 people inside Sky Harbor

PHOENIX - Phoenix police officers arrested a 54-year old man Friday after he pointed an AR-15 rifle in the direction of two people at Sky Harbor International Airport, according to court documents.

In the paperwork, the Tempe man told officers he went to Sky Harbor International Airport to buy a cup of coffee and had no other business at the airport.

The incident took place at Terminal 4, which is the busiest terminal at Sky Harbor, in front of the 'B' gates on the non-secure side.

ABC15 has learned it's not the first time the man has been spotted at the airport with the rifle.

In November 2013, several people alerted officers a man armed with an AR-15 was standing in the baggage claim area apparently waiting for a passenger to arrive.

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At that time, the man was not charged, because investigators said he did not commit a crime by simply carrying the weapon into the common area of the airport.

Friday's incident was different, according to court records.

An arresting officer noted the Tempe man, "proceeded to remove the Stag Arm AR-15 from his right shoulder thus causing the muzzle to face two victims." The officer goes on to note, “victims, a mother and her 17-year-old daughter, both stated they felt in fear for their safety when the rifle was pointed in their direction."

The 54-year old now faces two counts of disorderly conduct with a weapon which is a felony.

During his initial court appearance inside the Fourth Avenue Jail, a judge read him his conditions of release, which included a bond of $5,000, and among others things, to not possess any weapons.

ABC15 went to the man's Tempe home and a person at the home said the man was instructed by his attorney to not talk to the media.

The person at the Tempe home declined to provide ABC15 with the name of the man's attorney.

ABC15 confirmed he is currently employed as a researcher with St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

A spokesperson for the hospital issued ABC15 a statement saying, "We are aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously.  At present this issue is being handled by Human Resources and our policy is to not comment on HR matters."

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