Trooper Arrests Man Moments After He Assaults Logan Security Worker, 74

Massachusetts State Police Release -12022014- Trooper Arrests Man Moments After He Assaults Logan Security Worker, 74

An alert State Trooper this morning tackled and apprehended a Carlisle man at a Logan Airport security checkpoint, seconds after the man smashed his large backpack into the face of a 74-year-old security worker who had informed him the backpack was too large to be carried onto his flight.

ERIC S. BRANDHORST, 53, was immediately taken into custody by Trooper Dana Cresta moments after the 6:22 a.m. attack at the United Airlines entrance to the TSA checkpoint in Terminal B. Trooper Cresta apprehended BRANDHORST as he quickly walked away from the checkpoint after knocking the victim — a 74-year-old female security representative — to the ground with the blow to her head.

Trooper Cresta was patrolling the terminal when he observed the security worker speaking to a man — later identified as BRANDHORST — who was kneeling next to his backpack, which was too large to fit inside a guide rack for appropriately-sized carry-on luggage. BRANDHORST then stood up and asked where he had to go; the security worker pointed toward the United Airlines baggage check area.

Suddenly, and with no further conversation, the approximately 6-foot, 200-pound BRANDHORST swung the backpack with both hands from his right shoulder into the left side of the victim’s face, knocking her down.

Trooper Cresta, who was about 10 feet away, immediately closed on BRANDHORST, brought him to the floor, and subdued him. TSA Agent Michael Gibson and several other troopers responded to the scene to assist. Further investigation revealed that BRANDHORST was scheduled to fly on United Airlines from Boston to Denver.

State Police at Troop F charged BRANDHORST with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person age 60 or older. He was booked at the airport barracks and brought to East Boston District Court for arraignment. During his booking, BRANDHORST told troopers he was “aggravated” and had “made mistake.”

The victim, whose identity will not be released, was observed to have bruising around her left eye and the left side of her face from the impact of the backpack, and reported pain in her hip, knee, and shoulder caused by her hitting the floor. She was examined by Massport firefighters and transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for further examination.

Four still photos are attached. The first shows BRANDHORST talking with the victim seconds before he strikes her. The second shows him walking away immediately after knocking her to the floor. The last two show, in the upper right corner, Trooper Cresta reaching and apprehending the suspect. Please credit photos to Massachusetts State Police.

No further information is being released.

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