Atlanta police arrest woman armed with fire extinguisher at airport

Atlanta police arrest woman armed with fire extinguisher at airport

  • Jennifer Holder, 27, was caught on video spraying a fire extinguisher after a confrontation with airport staff.
  • Witnesses say workers approached Holder after she skipped her dinner bill, according to reports.
  • The Ohio native faces six charges, including obstruction of law enforcement, records show.

A female traveler was arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Tuesday after police said she sprayed employees with a fire extinguisher.

Jennifer Holder, 27, an Ohio native, faces charges of obstructing law enforcement officers, two counts of simple assault and three counts of simple assault following her encounter with flight attendants and police officers, according to department records. Atlanta Police.

Witnesses said the incident began when Holder allegedly ate dinner and ran with his Buffalo Wild Wings tab, according to Inside Edition.

The Atlanta Police Department said in a news release that officers responded to a report that a “suspicious female” was attempting to open secure doors inside the airport Tuesday night.

At some point, Holder got his hands on a fire extinguisher and unleashed plumes of chemicals into the crowded area, according to the report. The incident was caught on camera and shared widely on social media.

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In the video, the woman can be seen arguing with airport staff and eventually spraying at least one of them directly in the face with the fire extinguisher.

“She’s a terrorist,” the cameraman yelled.

Police said they were able to detain the Ohio woman despite her “combatant” nature, according to the news release. She reportedly continued to show erratic behavior in police custody.

“Officers relocated the arrestee, Ms. Holder, to the police station where she continued to behave in an erratic and combative manner, spitting and kicking officers,” the officers wrote.

Holder was taken to the Clayton County Jail and is currently being held on $19,500 bond and will be required to pay $3,150 in additional fees, jail records show.

According to the National Center for Poison Control in the Capital, fire extinguishers generally carry “some risk of mild irritation to the respiratory tract, skin, or eyes.” However, intentionally harmful use may intensify these symptoms and would require medical attention.

Emergency medical services treated three flight attendants after respiratory complaints or discomfort, and all were released, according to the news release.

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