Release Number: 12-115
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Charles W.T. Wright (Arrested)
Address 12548 115th Street North, Largo
Arrested for felony carrying a concealed firearm
What: Deputies assigned to St. Pete/Clearwater Airport have arrested a Largo man for carrying a concealed firearm through the security checkpoint.
Where: The incident occurred at St. Pete Clearwater International Airport located at 14700 Terminal Boulevard in Clearwater.
When: The incident occurred at about 6:45 a.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012.
According to deputies, 45-year-old Charles W.T. Wright was going through security at the airport. Deputies say he placed his backpack through the x-ray machine. TSA agents identified the item in the bag to be a firearm and summoned deputies.
Deputies responded and confirmed the finding to be a loaded KelTec 32 caliber handgun.
Wright was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm, a felony, and was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.
Deputies say Wright was traveling to Lexington, Kentucky on Allegiant Air Flight 860 to visit relatives. Wright told deputies that he works as a Marine Mechanic. He stated he was working the night before, keeps the gun for protection and had forgotten to remove it from his backpack. The gun was contained within a blue case inside the blue nylon backpack.
A booking photo of the suspect is attached.