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A Muslim woman screaming in Arabic rammed her car into a cruiser at the Miami Airport today.
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.
The woman was acting irrationally and told police she had a bomb.
CBS Local reported:
Investigators said at this time there appears to be no terroristic ties but Maradiaga-Iscoa was acting irrational and told officers she had a bomb.
“Once they made contact with her she began to, in a high tone, yell in what appeared to be an Arabic language and in English told the responding officers that she had a bomb in her possession,” said Zabaleta.
Once officers had Maradiaga-Iscoa in handcuffs, they brought in the bomb sniffing dog to determine if she had any explosives attached to her body.
Police searched her car and found no explosives, but the disruption caused departure area of concourse D to be placed on lock down and evacuated.
Investigators said Maradiaga-Iscoa is from Honduras and are still working to determine if she is in the country legally.
The FBI will file federal charges against Maradiaga-Iscoa who will have an appearance in federal court on Friday.