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The man is charged on suspicion of making false statements and attempting to illegally enter a restricted area at the Ontario facility.

March 21, 2004|From Associated Press

ONTARIO — A man who claimed to be a Secret Service agent is in federal custody after an attempt to enter a restricted area at Ontario International Airport.

Mostafa Mansoori, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga has been charged by federal prosecutors on suspicion of making false statements and attempting to enter a secure area under false pretenses.

Mansoori was detained by airport police on March 15, then turned over to the Secret Service.

He tried to drive his 2003 blue Honda Civic through a gate at the airport after police officers used a security identification card to enter before him, court documents show. The gate closed before he could follow.

Confronted by a guard, Mansoori reportedly said he was on the security detail for President Bush and was attempting to catch a jet at the facility.

He produced only a California driver's license and an alien registration card. He was wearing a black suit with pilot's wings and sunglasses, court documents said.

Two days before that arrest, Mansoori was cited for trespassing on a naval air station in Imperial County.

Federal prosecutors are evaluating Mansoori for competence. He is being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles.

A decision on whether he will be prosecuted will take several weeks, according to Sheri Pym, an assistant U.S. attorney in Riverside.

"We'll look at everything," Pym told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. "We just need to find out all of the circumstances before we make a decision."

Mansoori, a part-time student at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, was also interviewed by the FBI in May 2003 when he attempted to gain access to a restricted rooftop of the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas.

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