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Jalil Dewan of Sunnyside arrested after trying to board flight at JFK with rifle, machetes, Port Authority says

Jalil Dewan, 57, of Sunnyside, Queens, was arrested

Jalil Dewan, 57, of Sunnyside, Queens, was arrested Wednesday morning Nov. 26, 2014, at Kennedy Airport after security agents found an array of weapons in his checked baggage. Photo Credit: PA Police

A Kennedy Airport passenger who indicated he was flying to a movie shoot was arrested after several weapons, including a rifle and a machete, were found in his checked luggage, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Thursday.

Jalil Dewan, 57, of Sunnyside, Queens, had a ticket to Dubai when Transportation Security Administration agents were alarmed Wednesday at what his luggage contained -- two stun guns, pellet guns, starter pistols, four boxes of pellet, along with the rifle and ammunition, authorities said.

Port Authority police arrested Dewan at 10:20 a.m. after he confirmed the items belonged to him and that he had packed them, officials said. He was on a flight that was scheduled to depart at 10:40 a.m., authorities said.

He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the stun guns, a misdemeanor, and released on a desk appearance ticket.

Dewan told investigators he was taking the weapons to Dubai for a movie shoot, said Port Authority spokesman Joseph Pentangelo.

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